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Does Your Education Team Presume Competence in Your Autistic Student?

  • 13 Jan 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online


Does Your Education Team Presume Competence in Your Autistic Student?

An xMinds Event

Date and Time:  Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location:  Online

Cost: Free


For our first speaker event of the new year we will bring together two panels to discuss perspectives on what it means for an education team to "presume competence" in an autistic student, and why that presumption is so important.

The phrase "presuming competence" is a weighty one in the autism community, especially for those who have serious communication challenges, since non-speaking autistic individuals are frequently assumed -- often inaccurately -- to be intellectually disabled.  

At 7pm our panel of three autistic self-advocates will discuss their lived experiences. At 8pm our panel of allies to autistic self-advocates will offer their perspectives on "presuming competence.”  Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions after each panel presentation.


Gordy Baylinson:  20 year old non-speaking autistic; currently in his last year at MCPS while taking classes at Montgomery College.

Lisa Vallado:  non-speaking autistic student attending college at Washington Adventist University in Tacoma Park, MD.

Terra Vance:  autistic, dyslexic, apraxic, ADHD, synesthetic industrial and organizational psychology consultant; founder and CEO of the nonprofit NueroClastic, Inc, a disability rights publication that centers on the perspectives of autistic individuals. Former secondary education teacher, team-teaching inclusive English classes with a special ed teacher in Greensboro, NC. Also has an MS in psychology.


 Gordy Baylinson               Lisa Vallado                         Terra Vance



Amy Allnutt: mother of nonverbal autistic son Jack (18); Associate Director of the School of Health Sciences and Assistant Professor in Health and Human Performance at Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

Lisa Mihalich Quinn -- Special Educator; Executive Director of the nonprofit Reach Every Voice.


 Amy Allnutt                                            Lisa Mihalich Quinn

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