This event is a unique opportunity to hear world-famous author Jennifer O’Toole talk about her life and experiences. Jennifer was diagnosed as an aspie in adulthood, is the mother of three asperkids, the wife of an aspie, an award-winning special educator and two-time author of brand-new books for and about asperkids (Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome and upcoming The Asperkids’ (Secret) Book of Social Rules: A Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Guidelines for Teens and Tweens). Both books were chosen by Autism Speaks as main resources for families, and Autism Asperger Digest selected Asperkids to the ‘Top 12 Books to Read When a Loved One is Diagnosed with ASD’.
As well as hearing Jennifer speak, audience members will have the opportunity to ask Jennifer questions about herself and to seek her advice and opinions, plus buy a signed copy of her latest book.
Arrival and registration: 18.00-18.45
Event begins: 18.45
Event ends: 21.00
The King’s House Conference Centre
The King’s House Conference Centre is located on the southern side of the city centre, with excellent public transport links and ample local parking. The nearest train station is Manchester Oxford Road and the venue is about a 5-minute walk from there. Manchester Piccadilly station is about a 15-minute walk from the venue.
For more information on how to get there, please download our map and directions.
About Jennifer O’Toole
Jennifer O’Toole is bubbly and spirited – exactly the opposite of what many people think of when they hear the word, ‘Aspergers’ – but her expertise proves she’s the real deal. She is the winner of the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, a recipient of GRASP’s 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, and a nominee of the 2012 Autism Society Book Award and Godiva’s Woman of the Year. Her unique conversationalist presentation of useful insights has also led to the founding of Asperkids, LLC, a multi-media social education company.
Jennifer graduated with honors from Brown University and has since studied at the Graduate School of Social Work at Columbia University and Graduate School of Education at Queens University. Subsequent initiatives with young people garnered her an invitation to serve on North Carolina’s Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, and a nomination for Disney’s American Teacher of the Year Award in her first year of teaching.
With a background in advocacy and education, Jennifer found herself “walking the special needs walk” as she struggled to achieve a diagnosis for her first child, whose early life presented one medical challenge upon another. But it was Jennifer’s ‘aspie’ hyper-focus on otherwise seemingly disconnect details that doctors agree saved the child’s life, and led to her service on the Levine Children’s Hospital’s Family Advocacy Council. Since that time, all three of her young children have been identified as aspies, as has her husband – and eventually, Jennifer herself.
Uniquely prepared in social work, education and by her own Asperger syndrome, she was encouraged to document her unique teaching strategies, parenting perspectives and aspie insight in her upcoming books, and has since won some of the world’s most coveted prizes for the outstanding contributions she has made to the lives and families of ‘asperkids’ the world over.
About the organisers
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
£20 +VAT (standard)
£18 +VAT (NAS members)