october, 2021

22oct10:00 am2:00 pm5th Annual Autistics Present Symposium: Research and Best Practices Event Organized By: Bellevue College's Neurodiversity Navigators and the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network Event Type:ConferenceIn-person or Online:Online

Event Details

Bellevue College’s Neurodiversity Navigators program and the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network is excited to bring you the 5th Annual Autistics Present Symposium!

This year, the Symposium will focus on Research & Best Practices in two tracks:

  1. Alternatives to ABA
  2. Communication & Socializing

Not only are our speakers autistic, but the entire conference is brought to you by autistic organizers. This one-of-a-kind autism conference is well-known for providing useful, up-to-date information in an accessible environment. If you haven’t been before, grab a friend or colleague and join us!

Call for Proposals Page.

When: Friday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PDT (virtually)

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in learning more about autism and living and growing as an autistic person! Professionals – educators, executives, medical professionals, mental health counselors, and more – will gain invaluable insight into what autistic researchers* think you need to know – from a social justice perspective. Parents and guardians will acquire timely and pragmatic information for raising their autistic children to be strong, self-confident, successful individuals. Autistic people will find community, acceptance, and understanding of their value in a world that often misunderstands them.

Where: Virtually (registration limited to 300 participants)

What: All autistic speakers who have *researched their presentation subject. We are especially wishing to lift the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Fee: Free

Location: Virtual via Attendify (registration coming soon!)

Check event FACEBOOK page for updates

Accessibility: If you require accommodation to participate in the conference, you will be able to note your needs on the registration form. If you would like to discuss your access needs, please email Sara Gardner at sara.gardner@bellevuecollege.edu or phone at 425.564.2172. Some accommodations may take several weeks to arrange, so please make your request as early as possible. We may need up to four weeks notice for some accommodations.  

*Researchers: We welcome all autistic researchers to submit workshop proposals to the symposium. While we absolutely welcome “traditional” researchers, we also recognize the barriers to access to traditional research spaces for many of our population, and we welcome all autistic people who have researched their workshop topic, including in unconventional ways. For more information see Call for Proposals Page.


(For questions from potential presenters see Call for Proposals Page.)

Is the conference really free to attend? Yes, it is! Thanks in part to generous donors and also the reduced cost of a virtual conference, we are able to extend registration to more people this year than ever. We can’t wait to see you!

Will workshops be captioned? Yes, workshops will be auto-captioned, by a service which we have found is at least as accurate as communication access real-time translation (CART).

I would like to discuss a concern, who do I talk to? You can send us an email at asn@bellevuecollege.edu and we will route it to the best person to answer your concern. Or, if you need to speak to someone right away, you can phone Sara Gardner at 425.564.2172. Or email! sara.gardner@bellevuecollege.edu

In partnership with the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network



(Friday) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm




Bellevue College's Neurodiversity Navigators and the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network