Honoring Individual Differences:
The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment
A ground-breaking conference dedicated to providing information on strength-based approaches informed by the latest neuroscience.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, CA
Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017
This conference presented a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value individual differences. Participants heard from neurodiverse individuals, ground-breaking authors and scientists who helped us see the difference between responses to stress (safety vs. threat) and what are commonly thought of as “disorders” and/or challenging behaviors. Through keynotes and in- depth case presentations, this thought provoking and inspirational conference detailed ways to support and presume competence in mental health and autism treatment across the lifespan.
Anne Donnellan, PhD
A long time researcher, advocate and teacher, she founded one of the first programs in the English-speaking world for autistic children here in San Diego in 1970. For over 20 years, Dr. Donnellan and her students and colleagues have been writing books and articles emphasizing the importance of study...
Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He is the former president of the Society for Psychophysi...
Chantal’s passion for empowering others and her personal interest in autism has led her to become an autism consultant, an award-winning author, speaker, and leader in the field of autism, adolescence and transition to adulthood. She has been involved with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 ye...
Jeremy was born in Paris, France in 1989 and diagnosed with autism at an early age. He did not discover his gift for painting until he was 24, when he began to communicate to his parents about the colorful abstract portraits he was painting in his dreams. As a young child, Jeremy’s interest in bri...
Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of...