Self-Advocacy, Autism,
and Linux: Finding My
Own Path
Spencer Hunley
- Growing up without
autism
My Story
My Story
- Growing up WITH
autism
Passionate Questions
- Who am I?
- What is my Autism?
Is it a part of me, am I
a part of it, or
something else?
- How do I...
Self-Advocacy
- The Forum
- Apprehension, stereotypes and prejudices
- Learning and un-learning
- What happened after the ...
Self-Advocacy
- Advocating for myself
- Workplace
- Friends and family
- Struggles and victories
Self-Advocacy
- ASAN
- How small victories
can combine to
change what seems
unchangeable
Passionate Questions
- How my own search for
personal definition led to a
passion that’s turning into a
career
- Linux/FOS...
- Linux Community, Universal Tux and
Accessibility
Self-Advocacy
“...And the sooner you stand up and [graduate from
high school], head into the dawn and get the hell outta
town, find and ...
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This was a presentation I gave on Friday April 11th, 2014 for a few middle school classes about my experience as an autistic individual, discussing passionate questions and self-advocacy.

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Self-Advocacy, Autism, and Linux: Finding My Own Path

  1. 1. Self-Advocacy, Autism, and Linux: Finding My Own Path Spencer Hunley
  2. 2. - Growing up without autism My Story
  3. 3. My Story - Growing up WITH autism
  4. 4. Passionate Questions - Who am I? - What is my Autism? Is it a part of me, am I a part of it, or something else? - How do I define Autism? - What is my purpose?
  5. 5. Self-Advocacy - The Forum - Apprehension, stereotypes and prejudices - Learning and un-learning - What happened after the Forum
  6. 6. Self-Advocacy - Advocating for myself - Workplace - Friends and family - Struggles and victories
  7. 7. Self-Advocacy - ASAN - How small victories can combine to change what seems unchangeable
  8. 8. Passionate Questions - How my own search for personal definition led to a passion that’s turning into a career - Linux/FOSS-based assistive/accessible technology
  9. 9. - Linux Community, Universal Tux and Accessibility Self-Advocacy
  10. 10. “...And the sooner you stand up and [graduate from high school], head into the dawn and get the hell outta town, find and build your own world and really be your own person, blunder into fellow mutants who see the same things you do, and know there's something better somewhere out there when you make the effort to create it...the smaller, more laughable, and totally unimportant those golden teenage memories and rose-colored scars become.” - Jello Biafra

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