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3rd Autism Spectrum Disorders Seminar Series 2016-2017

Autism Society Chapter Affiliate-Kern Autism Network

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

3rd Autism Spectrum Disorders Seminar Series 2016-2017

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird Admission
Sales end for this ticket type December 31st. Any cancellation is subject to a $5.00 processing fee.
Dec 31, 2016 $30.00 $1.59
General Admission
Sales end for this ticket on January 9th. If seats are available, tickets will be sold at the door on a first come, first served basis @ $50 per person. Any cancellation is subject to a $5.00 processing fee.
Not Started $40.00 $1.79
If you require a certificate of attendance. This is not paid admission.
Jan 9, 2017 $5.00 $1.09
Parent Scholarship
This ticket is for parents only of an autistic or disabled child to attend this 3rd seminar. Only 1 per household. This ticket type was made available by The Hussman Grant. Quantities are limited.
Jan 9, 2017 Free $0.00

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Seminar Series


Join Kern Autism Network-Autism Society Affiliate in our newest approach at providing up to date information to families, educators, therapist, SLP, MFT, LSW, doctors and community at large.  These series of seminars will occur throughout the 2016-2017 school year with speakers in the field of autism expertise, with topics meant to address the entire autism spectrum as defined by the DSM-5.  

Our 3rd series topic: Neurodiversity – the social, medical, and legal perspectives

Neurodiversity is fast emerging as a civil rights and accommodation issue in America, even as many people have no idea what it is. Participants will learn about neurodiversity, and why it’s important in schools and workplaces. The course is taught by John Elder Robison, an autistic adult, bestselling author, and autism advocate. Robison is co-chair of the neurodiversity initiative at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and he’s co founder of the TCS high school to careers and college program in Springfield, Massachusetts.

This program is principally oriented toward educators but is also relevant to human resources people, counselors and mental health workers, and parents of children with developmental differences.


The principal focus of this session is on the autism spectrum but the ideas are much more broadly applicable

1. Participants will learn what neurodiversity is, how the concept evolved, where it’s headed and what it means to individuals, teachers, and employers .

2. Participants will learn why neurodiverse people have different learning styles.
3. Participants will see why teaching neurodiverse people in “real” environments matters
4. Participants will get ideas to change their own teaching to a more organic form

John Elder Robison:

John Elder Robison is an autistic adult who grew up without a diagnosis to find success in a world of machines.  At 16, without other human intervention, he became lord and master of a small tractor and a CDC3600 computer.  After acquiring an interest in music and electronics he parlayed his geek skills into a gig with Britannia Row, Pink Floyd’s sound company.  By age 20, he’d spent some time in jail on a Caribbean island and ridden a motorcycle across Canada. At 21, he was the engineer for KISS, where he designed their signature special effects guitars.  In search of greater challenges, John went on to design power systems for underground nuclear tests, which led him to establish a business restoring Land Rover, Mercedes, and Rolls-Royce motorcars.  John finally learned he is autistic at age 40. Today he is the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at The College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia.


In addition to his college work John is co-founder of a high school program that teaches life skills in the context of his car complex. He also serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which produces the strategic plan for autism for the US government.  He’s on the steering committee for the World Health Organization’s Autism ICF Core Set project, and he advises many other autism groups.  His Rolls-Royce and Land Rover restorations have won awards at major shows across the United States and Canada.


John is the NY Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and the newly released Switched On. His books have been translated into 20 languages and are sold in over 75 countries.  He has also written numerous articles and essays, including the definitive work on Diagnosis of Noises in Land Rover Engines, a monograph on the role of the Anglican Church in the establishment of Virginia, and a historical retrospective on the evolution of the Autism Diagnosis. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his family and an Imperial Chinese War Pug. John and The Pug are currently preparing a vintage Bentley to race the Carrera Panamericana through the mountains of Mexico.



All seminars will be held at Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church, Room 205.  Continental Breakfast will be served with doors opening at 8:00 a.m. for check-in and seminar starting promptly at 9:00 a.m.  No children please.  CEU's are approved for 3 hrs for SLP.


Dr. Penelope Suter 661-869-2010




NOTE:  Any cancellations are subject to a $5.00 processing fee. 

Spanish Translation is available for guest needing translation services.
Special Needs Project will be on hand for this seminar with resources and John Elder Robison books.
Have questions about 3rd Autism Spectrum Disorders Seminar Series 2016-2017? Contact Autism Society Chapter Affiliate-Kern Autism Network

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Canyon Hills Assembly of God
7001 Auburn Street
Bakersfield, CA 93306

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

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Autism Society Chapter Affiliate-Kern Autism Network

The Autism Society Chapter -Kern Autism Network (KAN) is a non-profit organization of parents, grandparents, professionals, and other individuals that have an interest in autism. The organization is completely operated under an all-volunteer board with no paid staff.  Our mission statement:

"Autism Society Chapter -Kern Autism Network provides support, awareness, information and education to families, professionals and the public throughout Kern County. We work towards cooperation, coordination and the creation of services between individuals and agencies. We strive for advocacy, research, education and inclusion for individuals challenged with autism."


Kern Autism Network-Autism Society

Office: 1712 19th Street Suite 110

Mailing address: 8200 Stockdale Hwy. M-10 #171

Office: 661-489-3335

FAX: 661-489-3334

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