AutWave brings together autistic people and their supporters, researchers, policymakers, NGO workers and volunteers.
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The event is organized by Autistic Spectrum Finland, an association run by autistic people. This year, we are working in collaboration with Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare.
There have been events in Finland by and for autistic people every year since 1998. The name, style and size have varied over the years, but they have all contributed to our community’s understanding of how to support each other to participate.
This year, as before, the needs and priorities of autistic people determine the style and content of AutWave. Participation is free.
AutWave is funded by Veikkaus, the Finnish lottery and game company, as part of the Stability in Peer Support (Vakautta Vertaistoimintaan) project run by Autistic Spectrum Finland.
Additional support comes from: PAUT, the Helsinki region network of autism associations; Aisti ry, a local autism & ADHD association in the Turku region; Autismiliitto, the national umbrella organization for Finnish autism associations
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Yo is a legal and autism trainer and consultant based in the UK. She develops and delivers training on legal and autism topics for local government staff. She is autistic and relies on support workers to manage aspects of her daily life and work. She is also a parent of autistic children. Yo is currently legal and policy consultant to the National Autistic Taskforce and recently led the development and publication of ‘An independent guide to quality care for autistic people.
Anna-Reeta Pakarinen is an energetic care work professional from northern Finland. She is a nursing assistant, and an adult on the autism spectrum, with the additional diagnoses of ADHD and bipolar disorder. She is passionate about experience-based expertise and helping others. One of her guiding principles in life is a humane approach in her work and advocacy, being there for her fellow human beings.
Anna-Reeta works at a residential service unit for people with developmental disabilities. She engages in many forms of voluntary work, as well, taking her dog buddy Diana to visit homes for the elderly, families with disabled children and people with mental health issues. She participates in a Red Cross first aid group and contributes to the running of a Red Cross children’s club.
Anna-Reeta lives 100 km from the nearest city, Oulu. She is a nature lover to the core and enjoys living right next to a river, being able to casually stop by for some pole-fishing. Her creative instincts and joyful spirit are expressed in her colourful crafts and photography.
Kosma Moczek does electronics engineering, and he is an old-school photographer, eccentric fiddler, social activist, and an autistic self-advocate. An autism professional in the making, defender of human rights, an incurable extrovert. Tools of trade: empathy, drama, and science – in that order.
Henri Pesonen works as an autism researcher at the University of Helsinki. People who have support needs linked to their autistic characteristics are the focus of his research interest. He is currently studying the employability of autistic higher education students in the EU-funded project Improving Employability of Autistic Graduates in Europe (IMAGE).
Henri completed his BA in Primary Education in the UK, majoring in special education. He worked as a teacher and continued his studies at Pace University, New York, graduating in 2010 with an M.Sc. in Childhood Education. He now works in the EU -funded project Improving Employability of Autistic Graduates in Europe (IMAGE), which runs from October 2018 to August 2021.
Too many autistic students drop out or remain unemployed after they graduate from higher education. In the IMAGE project, partners from Finland, UK, Netherlands, Germany and France seek to change this. Henri leads the collection and analysis of qualitative data in the project. IMAGE adheres to a participaory approach, carrying out co-design and keeping the target group closely involved in the planning and execution of research.
Diederik Weve is a safety engineer at Shell in the Netherlands, so his daily work is about saving lives. His daily leisure time he packs with initiatives that improve the quality of autistic lives. He is chairman of the PAS, the Dutch society of adult autistics, he organises the yearly Autminds conferences, and he has trained many autistics for Autism Ambassador roles in their employing companies. He would like to do more though.
If you want to offer a presentation, register as participant, or ask for further information, feel free to email us.
We will start taking registrations in August-September through a registration form on this website.
Everyone with an interest in the topics and willingness to respect the needs of autistic participants is welcome. Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.