Valerie Paradiz, PhD

Self-advocacy plays a vital role in nearly every aspect of life for an individual on the spectrum in school, at home, in the community and at work. The more self-awareness people on the spectrum possess, the more they can be players in advocating for their own comfort, happiness, and well-being. Teri will be joined by Valerie Paradiz, PhD, author of the new book titled The Integrated Self-Advocacy ISATM Curriculum: A Program for Teachers, Therapists and Students. Valerie and Teri will discuss the eleven units included in the curriculum, which cover scanning sensory and social environments, identifying how and when to self-disclose, exploring the history of autism, studying role models with ASD, developing media literacy on topics involving autism, and cultivating deep and focused interests for vocation and leisure time.