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Keynote: Relentless Positivity (and a Little Bit of Caffeine)
An aspie, mother of three “Asperkids,” bestselling author of the Asperkids series, teacher, and social worker, whatever your connection to the spectrum might be… it’s one she shares. And understands. With her trademark wit, cheek, and “well, now, that makes sense” explanations everyone can understand, Jennifer speaks from the heart. “Relentless Positivity (and a Little Bit of Caffeine)” is foundational. Smart ideas spoken plainly in ways that challenge veteran professionals and give real hope to families just beginning their spectrum journeys. It’s “the need to know” everyone needs to really understand: the “evil nemesis” that is anxiety. The real effects of sensory stuff. The secret power of special interests. “Obstacle illusions,” learning detours, kindness, and — in “all-caps,” RESPECT.
About the Presenter(s)
Smart. Lively. Cheeky. Giving voice to the women of the spectrum in red heels, alongside a doppelganger Sesame Street Muppet. That’s Jennifer O’Toole. Jennifer is the winner of the Autism Society of America’s 2014 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year, the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, a nominee for the upcoming CNN Heroes of 2015 Award, a recipient of GRASP’s 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, 2012 AuKids Speaker of the Year, and a nominee for Godiva’s Woman of the Year. She sits on the Executive Board of the Autism Society of America, and is a go-to editorialist/columnist for Amy Poehler’s “Smart Girls at the Party.” Over the last year, she’s been invited to speak on Capitol Hill, and to the President’s Council on Fitness at the White House Summit on Americans with Disabilities, was the Guest of Honor of Their Royal Highnesses, the UK’s Princess Sophie and Princess Marie of Denmark. She was added to the “Who’s Who” list of International Aspie Mentors — along with Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore – to contribute to Dr. Tony Attwood’s “Been There. Done That. Try This.” anthology. But it’s Jennifer’s unique “have a cup of coffee with me” conversationalist presentation of useful insights which has touched hearts, lightened spirits and even led to the founding of Asperkids, LLC, a multi-media social education company. O’Toole was diagnosed as an aspie in adulthood, is the mother of three “Asperkids,” an award-winning educator and author of the internationally- celebrated Asperkids book series (ALL are Amazon bestsellers).