Listen 2 Us - Literacy, Self-Determination, and Interdependence for Nonspeakers


Past Events



South Texas Special Needs Conference, Edinburg, TX--Screening with Q & A; Keynote on Building Inclusive Lives: Interdependence, Self-Determination & Advocacy


Thayer Academy Diversity Day--Screening & discussion; teach poetry workshop

SUNY/Brockport--Screening with discussion; Meet with Chief Diversity Office


CSUN Conference-California

Film screening & Discussion; Presentation on College Transition

ARC of North Carolina

Film screening with Q&A; Keynote and breakout session



Film screening with discussion; Presentation at a local school

Oberlin College

  • April 15--Screen DEEJ with community dialogue to follow
  • April 16--Getting a Job in Social Justice After College
  • April 17--Anthropology Talk about Self -Representation and Funding
  • April 18--College Panel on Accommodations in Higher Ed

April 25

Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland

2 Film screenings with Discussion

September 12-13th

Albion College:  Film Screening, Community Discussion & Poetry reading

September 17th

Alliance for Citizen-Directed Supports Board Meeting (Baltimore)

September 19-21  

& Now2019: Points of Convergence Poetry Conference

University of Washington/Bothell

Friday, Sept 20, 1:15-2:30

Panelist, Neurodivergent Poetics: The Writing Lives of Exceptional Minds

September 28-29

Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports Webinars

  • Developing Self Directed Supports at College/University

October 10th

Palo Alto School District, CA

2 Film Screenings & Discussions

October 11th

UCSF Screening and discussion

October 11-13th (postponed)

Love and Autism Conference (San Diego)--presentation on self-love

October 22

University of Pennsylvania--film screening and community discussion

November 1-2

AUTCOM Conference (New Hampshire)--keynote speaker

November 5

Macalester College (Minnesota) -film screening and community discussion





DEEJ screening with Q & A at MOFEAT—St Louis, MO

Interview with Jesus    @ Florida State(FSU)


University of Northern Iowa Screenings with Q & A’s with Precertification Teacher Training Classes

Grinnell College - Film Screening with Q & A

MARCH 2018

Reelabilities Film Festival in NYC: Screenings with Q & A’s at Long Island University (LIU); NY Public Library (W 67th St); Baruch College; Jewish Community Center; Lower Eastside Girls’ Club;

Tisch School of  (NYU)

Framingham State University: Screening with Q & A; taught Disability Studies Class; taught Poetry Workshop; Meeting with Administrators, Staff and Faculty @ Inclusion & Higher Ed Accommodations at FSU

AUSM, Minneapolis, MN: Screening with Q & A

APRIL 2018

UF/Gainesville CARD: Screening with Q & A

Miami of Ohio/Kate Welling Distinguished Scholar: Screening with Q & A; taught Poetry Workshop to Precertification Teacher Training Class

Rethinking Autism Conference, IND: Screening with Q & A;

Keynote Presentation My Literacy Journey & Beyond

Ohio State University (OSU) Higher Ed & Disability Conference: panel presentation

SUNY/Purchase College: Screening with Q & A

Open Society Foundations: Presentation on Human Rights Initiative Project

MAY 2018

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) Summit in DC on Community Living

University of Illinois/Chicago (UIC): Screening with Q & A

Peabody Awards Ceremony, NYC

Radio Panel Interview with Evan Dawson/ NPR/Rochester

Reel Minds Film Festival, Rochester, NY

JUNE 2018

Sunshine Theatre, Cortez, CO: Screening with Q & A

Midwest Inclusion Conference @ UNI: Screening; Breakout Session on My Journey to Literacy

NALC Diversity Practices in Hiring: Keynote Presentation

JULY 2018

Open Book Event/ CULTUREALL in Des Moines, IA


Statewide Guardian ad Litem Conference, Orlando, FL: Speech honoring my GAL & Book donation drive for children in foster care

UTampa: Screening with Q & A; Meet with Professors, Staff & Students on Neurodiversity


Emmy Awards Ceremony for News and Documentary, NYC

Drake University, IA: Screening with discussion

Duke University Symposium on Neurodiversities, NC: screening with Q & A; Poetry Workshop


Rochester, MN Autism Symposium: Screening with Q & A; Keynote on Building Inclusive Lives

ASAN Gala, DC: Acceptance Speech for ASAN Harriet McBryde Johnson Award for Nonfiction

TASH National Conference, Portland, OR: Positive Images in the Media Award for DEEJ