National Speaker, Writer, Consultant & Self-Advocate, Kerry Magro, Shares His Personal Story and Wisdom at the Forum

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2018 forum Kerry MagroKerry Magro, best-selling author, national speaker, movie consultant and non-profit founder had a very uncertain future growing up. Diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) a form of autism, at age four, he was non-verbal and required countless hours of therapy and support. Kerry discusses overcoming obstacles and provides tips for living a successful life on the spectrum.

Kerry’s presentation can be viewed in its entirely and is linked below:

Part I

Part II



Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu: On the Theory of Intersectionality and the Particular Challenges of Being Black, Female and Autistic

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Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu is a community advocate, writer, Christian, wife, mom and educator.  American born to immigrant parents, Morénike is a black, autistic woman in a multicultural, neurodiverse family of color and a firm supporter of human rights.  Morénike is a contributing author/editor of several existing publications, abstracts, and books focusing on community engagement, disability, diversity and nontraditional leadership, including “The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children,” All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism,” “Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism,” and more.

Morénike’s entire presentation at the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum is available here.

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Susan Senator Kicks Off the Forum with Insights & Strategies for Living a Fulfilling Life with Autism

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Susan Senator — author, blogger, journalist, educator and mother of three sons, the oldest of whom is diagnosed with autism, Ms. Senator is the author of Making Peace With Autism as well as The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide and now, Autism Adulthood: Insights and Creative Strategies for a Fulfilling Life. A journalist since 1997, she has published pieces on disability, parenting, and living happily, in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Exceptional Parent Magazine, NPR, Family Fun, and Education Week. Senator has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, NPR and CNN.  Her writings on Special Olympics took her to the White House in 2006, to a state dinner for Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Ms. Senator’s complete presentation at the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum is available here.

Susan Senator at the 2018 forum

Panel Discussion on Helping Make Libraries Inclusive

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Librarians on the autism spectrum share their experience of being autistic and working in a library.  You can view the full panel discussion in a two part interview:

Part I; Part II

2018 forum librarians on the spectrum
From left to right: Charlie Remy – Academic Librarian, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Gyasi Burks-Abbott – a librarian and self-advocate and Advisor, Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts and a board member, Autism Housing Pathways; Steph Diorio – Archivist, Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey; Erin Miller – Library Aide, Cudahy Family Library, Cudahy, WI











A Spectrum of Presenters at the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum

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2018 Targeting Autism forum presenters on the spectrum
From left to right:  Gyasi Burks-Abbott; Morénike Giwa Onaiwu; Stephanie Diorio; Charlie Remy; Kerry Magro; Alyssa Huber; and Erin Miller


This year, we were excited to host seven speakers who are self-advocates on the autism spectrum.  We learned so much from these bright and talented speakers.

Presentations included:

  • A panel of librarians (Gyasi Burks-Abbott; Stephanie Diorio; Charlie Remy; and Erin Miller) who addressed questions such as, how they could promote positive change in a library or in the field of librarianship;
  • Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, who presented on living at the intersection of being black, female and autistic;
  • Kerry Magro, author, national speaker, movie consultant and non-profit founder, spoke about his journey to adulthood on the spectrum; and
  • Alyssa Huber, independent filmmaker showed her film, Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger’s, followed by a Q & A.

All presentations will be available on the Targeting Autism YouTube Channel.




Deadline to Register for Targeting Autism Forum has been Moved Back One Week

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Due to popular demand to attend the 2018 Targeting Autism forum, we are moving back our registration deadline one week.

If you would like to attend the Targeting Autism Forum but have not yet registered, the new deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018.april-20-2018

Registration is Open for the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum!!

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2018 Targeting Autism Forum at the Illinois State Library, May 17-18th

The 2018 Targeting Autism Forum will be held on May 17-18, 2018 in the atrium of the Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL,.  The full agenda is available here.  To register, simply send an email to Suzanne Schriar with a subject line that reads Registration for the forum.  Please include your name, job title, name of your library or other professional affiliation and a brief statement about your interest in the topic of autism and libraries.  As in previous years, there is no registration fee to attend.  Lodging for May 16-17 will be provided at no additional charge at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre.  Breakfast and lunch on May 17-18 will be provided.  Registrations will be accepted now through Friday, April 27th.