ASNL Conference- Embracing Neurodiversity Conference

Registration ends Sunday, June 5th @12pm

Embracing Neurodiversity is a gathering for autistic people, their families, caregivers, educators, policymakers, government and the community in general. Embracing Neurodiversity aims to provide engaging and evidence-based sessions to enrich understanding and inclusivity within our communities in a safe and welcoming environment.

Media Release – Embracing Neurodiversity Conference

Monday, June 6th
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Emera Innovation Exchange
MUN Signal Hill Campus
St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

The 2022 conference will be a hybrid event- Both in person & virtual
$20 virtual (Our virtual link will be sent out before the start of the conference)
$30 in person (lunch included)

To register please CLICK HERE

Embracing Neurodiversity Conference:

  • Ryan Snelgrove, Emcee

  • Andreae Callanan opens the conference with her presentation entitled “How Poetry Helped Me Hide My Autism and How Poetry Helped Me Find It”

  • Stuart Shanker will join the conference virtually to present “Engaging Autism: How Can Shanker Self-Reg® Help”

  • The afternoon session starts with a panel discussion “Continuing the Conversation – Embracing Neurodiversity” moderated by Dr. David Philpott with panelists Dr. Vianne Timmons, Lisa Baker-Worthman,Dr. Sandra Luscombe and Candace Matthews

  • Michael McCreary virtually wraps up the conference with his act “Funny You Don’t Look Autistic”


Andreae Callanan
How Poetry Helped Me Hide my Autism, and How Poetry Helped Me Find It

Andreae Callanan is an awarding-winning writer, a critical autism studies researcher, and a doctoral student in the Department of English at Memorial. She is the author of Crown (Anstruther Press, 2019) and The Debt (Biblioasis, 2021), and is the recipient of the Vanier Canada Scholarship and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship for her work on poetry and public engagement.

Dr. Stuart Shanker
Engaging Autism: How Can Shanker Self-Reg® Help

Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil.) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, the Founder & Visionary of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd and Self-Reg Global Inc. and an author. One of his many books, “Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (2012)”, is a top-selling educational publication in Canada. Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and you) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life (2016), has garnered enthusiastic reviews and media attention throughout North America and has also been published in ten other countries. He has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the United States and in countries around the world. Dr. Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model, The Shanker Method®, is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults. In 2012, Dr. Shanker founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre.

Michael McCreary
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic

Michael McCreary is an autistic comedian, actor, author and TEDX speaker. He has performed stand-up shows and keynote addresses in every province in Canada – plus the Yukon – and across the United States. He is currently acting in the new series Astrid & Lilly Save the World (SYFY Network) and in Ginny & Georgia (Netflix). Michael has also written the book “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic” (Annick Press). He hosted the Autism Ontario video “Autism: See the Potential” and has consulted on the TV show “Ransom” to ensure the authenticity of a character with autism. He has been featured on The National and on CBC Radio’s “Laugh Out Loud”!