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Life After Death Autism Forum 2019

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Lifelong Learning Institute

11 Eunos Road 8

Second Floor Lecture Theatre

Singapore, 408601

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This is the first major event that is initatied and led by the autistic community in Singapore. The forum is a donation-based, no-frills autism event focused on providing self-sustaining solutions for adult autistics after their caregivers have passed on.

The forum welcomes all members of the autism community who are interested in and/or developing solutions for adult autistics. Members of the public who are interested in autism issues may also participate.

Participants can also promote ideas / plans if relevant to the topic. There will be opportunities to share if the ideas / plans are interesting enough. Those who intend to share are advised to seat themselves close to the stage.

There are three spaces at the venue for wheelchair users. Please inform Eric if you require any accommodation so that the necessary arrangements can be made. [Notetaking services and sign language interpretation will be provided for participants; please feel free to check with Nix on this matter if you know her personally.]

The link to a special announcement-only WhatsApp group will be revealed in the payment confirmation email. Join the WhatsApp group to stay updated on the event announcements and get instructions for participating in audience submission/up-voting.

- Volunteers can sign up here

- Please also help to print and display the promotional leaflet for the forum.

- Instructions on getting to the venue (please scroll down to see)

- Official Press Release | 死后续命2019年自闭论坛新闻稿

- 2010 news feature that planted the seed for this event

- Shortcut link to this page: http://bit.ly/2ZNVIiD


Panel 1: Inclusive Equality & Empowered Partnership

Representatives of the local autistic community will be invited to join a panel to share how caretakers can form an equal partnership with them (i.e. Inclusive Equality) to create sustainable solutions, so that they can continue to thrive even after their caretakers have passed on.

Inclusive Equality is an equal partnership between autistic and NeuroTypicals of mutual accommodation and support. It calls for both the elimination of discrimination against autistics as well as autistics empowering themselves to change their own lives. It encourages autistics to ask for accommodation, but not privileges. It believes that if autistics want to be treated equally, then they cannot use autism as an excuse to justify bad attitudes and unacceptable behaviour.

The goal is to have 6 panellists (3 males and 3 females). Priority will be given to autistics with a confirmed diagnosis and who are working adults.

Eric will kick off this panel with a short talk introducing the concept of inclusive equality and why inclusiveness alone is insufficient. The panellists will take turns to add on to the talk. After this, the audience will submit their questions / suggestions / feedback using an app on their smartphone for the panelists to answer.


Panel 2: Dealing with Deception and Exploitation

Dubious people have been trying to make use of the autism community for their personal benefit. The autistic panellists will discuss how to recognise the signs of dubious people and what the autism community can do to protect itself against them.

Autistic artist and researcher Dr. Dawn-joy Leong will kick off the short talk this time to share about the dangers of exploitative and deceptive practices that target autistics and their caretakers. Just as with the earlier panel, panellists will share their thoughts and the audience will then submit their questions / suggestions / feedback using an app.


Panel 3: Brainstorming Ideas for Autistic Thriving

The panellists will discuss key concerns of the autism community that can include:

  1. Substitute Caregiving: Finding ways to delegate and replace personal caregiver duties without compromising the care for autistics (e.g. forming an advisory committee of trusted people to advise on life decisions, moving the autistic to an affordable overseas care centre)
  2. Investment Solutions: Finding ways to provide for and protect autistics (e.g. community farms, adult care centres, social enterprises, insurance policies, annuities) in the long-term
  3. Sustainable Success: Finding ways for autistics to achieve their success that also help to provide for their own living expenses as much as possible (e.g. teaching autistics how to run a farm to grow food, starting a robot-proof business)
  4. Living with Dignity: Finding ways to help autistics feel valued, positive and happy (e.g. how to let autistics pursue their harmless interests instead of pressuring them to do chores)
  5. Building Careers: Finding ways to develop talents and create careers for autistics beyond the formal educational system (i.e. alternatives to paper qualifications and climbing the corporate ladder)
  6. Personal Development: Finding ways for autistics to master advanced life skills, cultivate personal responsibility, develop resilience, form meaningful relationships and emerge as future leaders.
  7. Combating Discrimination: Finding ways to bypass or dispel the discrimination that is limiting autistic employability and potential (which includes addressing employers' concerns rather than trying to compel or shame them to hire autistics)
  8. Making New Deals: Finding ways for autistics and caregivers to help each other (e.g. fund scholarships for autistics who serve a bond to help the autism community)

Building on the concept of Inclusive Equality, Eric will speak briefly about the need to find sustainable solutions that go beyond mere survival. He will introduce some out-of-the-box ideas that can potentially transform the autism community, including helping those with intellectual disabilities and complex special needs. Just as with the earlier panel, panellists will share their thoughts and the audience will then submit their questions / suggestions / feedback using an app.


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For more details, refer to the official event page on iautistic.com

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