SuperValu & AsIAm are delighted to announce the next Community Support Webinar:
Autism & Socializing (Adults) featuring community speakers Joan McDonald and Purple Ella.
Differences in social interaction is one of the primary traits associated with autism. While much attention is given to the barriers this presents to autistic children in making friends, we must acknowledge that autistic children become autistic adults.
Autistic adults, especially if they are diagnosed later in life, may struggle to find social groups or settings that do not trigger anxiety. This can often come from the notion that autistic people of any age must adapt to the environment and people around them and not vice-versa.
To discuss the topic of socializing in autistic adults we are pleased to welcome Joan McDonald and Purple Ella.
Joan has worked as a second level teacher, both in mainstream and autism classes, a trainer/manager in adult day services and as a Special Educational Needs Organiser. Joan currently works as Posautive, and has created the popular Posauteen and Posaudult programs to help people understand their autism and the importance of autistic community. Following her own autism assessment, Joan set up the Autistic Paddies, or AutPad, a meetup group for autistic adults in Ireland, which currently has over 500 members.
Purple Ella is an autistic speaker and online content creator (on Youtube and TikTok). Ella received her autism diagnosis later in life after discovering she has autistic children. More recently she has also been diagnosed with ADHD. Ella is passionate about researching neurodivergence, and finding strategies to help neurodivergent people live happy lives. She also wants neurodivergent to feel that they are enough just the way they are.
To register, click here to go to our event page!