Virtual Event, April 5th, 2022, with Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts. The annual “Autism Spectrum Awareness and Acceptance Day” has gone virtual for 2022. Advocates For Autism (AFAM)of Massachusetts invites the community to hear speakers, legislators, self advocates and more.
* Hear from Massachusetts legislators, autism self-advocates, and families as we come together to discuss the current state of affairs and highlight priority legislative proposals that would restore and increase access to services, education, and training.
* 2022 THEME Restoring Services, Expanding Access
- 10:00 Program begins – Welcome: Michael Borr, Chairman, AFAM Emcees: Heather Hegedus (Boston 25 News morning anchor) and Gyasi Burks-Abbott (self-advocate)
- Autism Advocacy Month Proclamation: Governor Charlie Baker
- Gyasi Burks-Abbott to read from his memoir, “My Mother’s Apprentice”
- Distinguished Legislator of the Year: Representative Sean Garballey
- Song written and performed by autism self-advocate Daniel P. Webber
- How workforce shortages impact services and access: John Randall, President and CEO, Amego, Inc.
- Turning 22. No programs or staff. One mother’s journey for her Priority 1 son: Tina Dean, parent
- When mental health and autism collide: Jennifer Drohan, parent
- Budgetary and Legislative updates/Virtual Call to Action
- Maura Sullivan, Director, Government Affairs, AFAM and The Arc of Mass
- Acknowledgements: Michael Borr
- 11:00 Program Concludes
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link:
For further information on the 2022 event, visit www.afamaction.org/#events-and-latest-news or Kathleen Amaral – 781-891-6270, Ext 110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit: www.afamaction.org