Rethinking Adulthood: A Neurodiverse Trajectory
Thursday, 11/12, 7-8:30pm, ZOOM info sent the day before the event; please RSVP below.
What does it mean to be an adult? How is the transition to adulthood addressed in neurodiverse populations? Neurodivergent educator Amy Faigin will explore the social and emotional elements of this transition and how we can better support our students and children through this process. REEL, the Palo Alto CAC, and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC) are proud to co-host this event for parents and educators.
Presenter Amy Faigin is a neurodivergent educator, activist and individual. Diagnosed as autistic at age thirteen, she attended Bridges Academy, a school for twice-exceptional students (students who are both gifted and learning disabled). Bridges was a transformative experience for her, instilling a powerful sense of ability and ambition. After graduating from high school, she pursued a degree in Digital Media at Otis College of Art and Design, and began work as an independent designer. Her love of storytelling and deepening connection to her activism work lead her back to Bridges Academy in 2018 for a ten day mini-course. In this course she taught students how to write, draw and publish their own comics. Ten days has quickly become more than two years of joyful education work. Amy continues to teach at Bridges Academy, instructing in entertainment design, technological history, and mentoring students through their self-directed Young Expert program. She also works with the Ed Asner Family Center as a spokesperson, educator, and co-leader of their LGBTQ+ group. Amy is presently pursuing further education through the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education in order to continue growing as an educator and advocate. She sees a bright future for neurodiversity, and looks forward to taking part in making it a reality.