AODD: Weaving Colors: Autism and the Native Community: The Evolution of Autism Culture
2/22/2023 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
This presentation will review how autism has been viewed throughout modern history and how Native communities view disabilities today.
Registration open through 2/22/2023 9:00 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada)
Gay Finlayson: Education and Outreach Manager – Autism Programs, University of New Mexico
Gay is a parent of three adults, two who were diagnosed with ASD as young children. Since then, Gay has worked to develop public policy and programs for the New Mexico community. She has seen great success in that endeavor, but there is still much more to be done! Gay is a Certified Family Peer Support Worker and trainer. Through her job at UNM, she works with families every day and supervises the Family Peer Support workers on the Autism Programs staff.
Lynette Torivio, Family Specialist – Autism Programs, University of New Mexico
Lynette is a Family Specialist and Certified Family Peer Support Worker with the Autism Family and Provider Resource team at UNM Center for Development & Disability. As a family specialist and parent advocate, Lynette supports families in all areas related to ASD. Before working at the Autism Programs, Lynette worked to support families through the New Mexico Autism Society and as a former board member for the Education for Parents of Indian Children with Disabilities. Lynette is a participant and graduate from UNM's Partners in Policymaking.