AutWave 2020

Helsinki & Zoom 19.-20.9.2020

AutWave, the annual event run by Autistic Spectrum Finland, is going online to reach broader audiences while keeping participants safe.

We will have a physical gathering with a maximum of 60 participants in Helsinki, and a simultaneous online event utilizing Zoom webinar and meeting platforms.

about autwave

This year’s main theme at AutWave is peer support and peer-led activity. In its final year, our project Stability in Peer Support (Vakautta vertaistoimintaan) will present its results,  with the help of the new project, Peer Support Online (Vertaistoiminta nettiin), created to help the autistic community to meet the challenges of the pandemic.

Most of the programme is in Finnish only. The full programme and other information is available on the event website in Finnish. Live captioning in English may be available for some parts of the programme, but this will depend on the availability of volunteers and resources.

For those who can follow presentations in English, we recommend participation on Sunday, 13.00-15.30 (Eastern European summer time, UTC+3).

Our volunteers and project workers will assist those who have problems with joining or navigating Zoom.

Online participation is free of charge.

presentations and discussion in english

Sunday, 20 September, times in Eastern European Summer Time.

  • 13.00 – 13.40  Panel discussion: ABA – for and against (Zoom webinar)
  • 13.50-14.30  Ekaterina Kucheryavaya: The challenges of self-advocacy in Russia (Zoom meeting)
  • 14.30-15.30  Q&A and discussion in English (Zoom meeting)

Speakers and panelists

Panelist, ABA: For and against

Kat Williams is autistic, and a board member of Autistic UK, an organisation that campaigns for the rights of autistic people and engages in various kinds of political advocacy. In some of her recent articles, Kat has summarized the criticism that autistic adults in the UK have aimed at Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Panelist, ABA: For and against

Dr Tero Timonen is a Doctor of Psychology, a leading psychologist and psychotherapist. He is one of the editors of the book  Autismikirjon kuntoutusmenetelmät (Rehabilitation methods for autism), published in Finland in 2019. He is also Chair of the association SKY ry which promotes research on behavior analysis and cognitive behavior therapy, as well as public discourse on the aims of these methods and associated ethical questions.

Panelist, ABA: for and against

Heta Pukki is Chair of the autistic people’s association ASY, member of the national Advisory Board for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (VANE), and President of the European umbrella organisation EUCAP. Heta has received her own ASD diagnosis as an adult, and she also views the spectrum from the perspectives of a parent and a special education professional.

Speaker, the challenges of self-advocacy in Russia

Ekaterina is an autistic person, professional and educator living in Moscow. She has attempted to introduce ideas about neurodiversity and autistic rights, and has faced some obstacles that differ from those commonly encountered in Finland or western Europe in general.

Panelist, ABA: for and against

Alex Kronstein is an autistic activist and filmmaker living in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is working on a documentary about autistic people’s experiences with ABA. Alex’s project can be followed on Facebook.

project workers

Stability in Peer Support

Stability in Peer Support

Peer Support Online

Peer Support Online