The public is invited to take part in an autism conference presented by the Hub for Autism and Neurodiversity, a program of the Blue Cross of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services and the Innovative Approaches Initiative at the Appalachian District Health Department.

Professionals, family members, people with autism or other disabilities, as well as ASU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to register at ihhs.appstate.edu/HANdconference.

The conference will be held at Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 21st.

The conference, entitled “The Transformative Power of Autistic Self-Knowledge and Self-Advocacy: Speaking Your Truth,” is designed to cover the essentials of how and why to foster self-knowledge and self-advocacy.

Internationally recognized speaker and author Catherine Faherty and her colleague Jade McWilliams, an autistic self-advocate, will present practical strategies to develop personal awareness, authentic choice and mutual respect for people with autism.

Registration fees are $20 for professionals and $10 for all others. Lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kerley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Mary Sheryl Horine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..