Portrayals of autism in the media


Cal’s presentation at the NAS Professionals Conference is tomorrow, so we’re sharing a couple of pictures from today along with the details from their brochure. Click on the images to enlarge.

Portrayals of autism in the media

Summary

Calvin view’s neurodivergent individuals as some of the most creative, talented, interesting and inspiring members of society. This presentation will try to demonstrate this value base, beginning with a description of his first book: “The Nerd Consultant’s Guide to Anime”. Calvin will explain why he was motivated to write it, and how it has been used clinically at his workplace.

Calvin will go on to look at cross-culture representations of Autism and Mental Health in the media, including Japan, USA and UK.

  • The aim is to demonstrate how “Nerd Consultancy” can be used in a clinical setting to aid the diagnostic process. One example is the use of Calvin Atkinson’s first book: “The Nerd Consultant’s Guide to Anime”
  • The presentation will invite delegates to challenge their preconceptions of the quality of Autism and Mental Health portrayals in the media.
  • Finally, it is hoped delegates will leave valuing the interests people have rather than seeing them as restricted interests or repetitive behaviours.

Speaker

Calvin Atkinson
Director / Self Proclaimed Nerd Consultant, Axia ASD Ltd

Calvin is Co-Director of Axia ASD Ltd, fulfilling many roles, including “Self Proclaimed Nerd Consultant”. He respects and values the interests of the individuals who come to the service and amongst their underlying values are forming a partnership with these individuals sharing their mutual expertise. This permeates their assessment, diagnostic and post-diagnostic work.

Calvin views neuro-diverse individuals as some of the most creative, talented, interesting and inspiring members of our society.

Calvin preparing to present an award…


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