11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Art Show

Vibrant Palette

Vibrant Palette will display artwork by neurodiverse artists. Check out some great art pieces!

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Panel of neurodiverse young adult artists, designers and youtubers.

Moderated by Aspiring Youth’s Johnny Spangler, this panel will provide great insights from young creative neurodiverse folks. Hear how these creative young adults started small enterprises and brought their work to online and IRL audiences.

1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Eli Vanderbilt

My name is Eli. I work with real-life robots for a living, teaching them how to think like us. But my career also includes work on Minecraft, and the development of tools used in virtual reality. My passion for this kind of innovative work is intertwined with my ADHD, and I’m eager to share why that’s so important to recognize.

For the majority of my youth, I grappled with ADHD like an opponent on a playing field. In order to live with any measure of joy, I forced myself to recognize my own quirks and limitations, and use that self-awareness to find the things that brought me true fulfillment. As it turned out, this hard-fought cognizance gave me an arsenal of tools to work with as I grew up and pursued my passions in the world of technology. I’d like to share how standing in your own self-truth can give you an almost super-human ability to pursue your loftiest dreams.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Marcele Ciampi

Marcelle Ciampi (aka Samantha Craft) a respected autistic author and community advocate, is best known for her writings found in the well-received blog and book Everyday Aspergers. Marcelle works as the Senior Recruiter and Outreach Specialist at Ultranauts Inc., an engineer company with a neurodiversity-hiring initiative. She also has founded and helped lead numerous organizations, including Specturm Suites LLC and Neuroguides.

Topic: Serving as the Senior Recruiter at Ultranauts Inc., Marcelle has had ample opportunity to dive deep into best interview and employment practices for individuals on the autism spectrum. During her 30-minute session, Marcie will share practical tips about how to approach the job search quest and provide valuable resources for self-empowerment, gaining work experience, interview tips, and more!

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Danny Reade

Danny Reade, diagnosed with Aspergers at age 12, is the Co-Founder and CEO of several businesses relating to people on the spectrum including WanderRock and Asperger Experts. He lives in California where he enjoys tacos, travel and a good book.

Perspective is a tool that provides unique insights for opportunity.
We will explore how perspective is a key component in developing
a cogent vision that bolsters mission-oriented modern business narratives.
We will discuss different ways that a neurodiverse perspective can be an entrepreneurial advantage.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ChrisTiana Obey Sumner

ChrisTiana ObeySumner is the disabled, Black, femme owner of Epiphanies of Equity, a social equity education and consulting firm. They are an intersectional disability, BIPOC and antiracism advocate who passionately loves books, MUSE, and WWE.

As online videos grow in content and influence, what role can it play in building a community around meditation, self-care, and stimming? This presentation shares a fun review and analysis of YouTube videos that (in) directly provides stimming material, and facilitates a discussion with participants around the meaning and utility of different videos styles and content. Finally, opportunities for building community around stimming will be shared as a call to action.

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