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Wed, Oct 11


Cradle Beach

Uncovering Neurodiversity in WNY

Registration is now closed for this event. We are sold out of tickets. What does it mean to be Neuro-affirming? This strength based positive approach will alter your view on "challenging behaviors" and offer you helpful strategies to meet your client or loved ones needs.

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Uncovering Neurodiversity in WNY
Uncovering Neurodiversity in WNY

Time & Location

Oct 11, 2023, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Cradle Beach , 8038 Old Lakeshore Rd, Angola, NY 14006, USA


About the event

Continuing Education: 5.5 CE contact hours for SLPs, OTs , PTs, Social Workers, Teachers

Format: In-person only workshop at Cradle Beach 8038 Old Lakeshore Rd, Angola, NY 14006

Tickets are donation based, please pay what you can to help support our organization.

Event Description

Join us at Cradle Beach as we come together to uncover neurodiveristy and the best trauma informed approaches for supporting neurodivergent individuals. We have a number of learning objectives for the event including: exploring and understanding neurodiversity, applying practical strategies for creating inclusive environments for neurodivergent children, adults, and their families. Along with critically analyzing existing systems and structures to identify areas of exclusion, while proposing solutions for creating more equitable and inclusive spaces.

Additionally, we aim to:

  • Engage in open and respectful discussions about the experiences of neurodivergent  individuals and their families
  •  Identify best practices for promoting the rights and inclusion of neurodivergent individuals
  • Develop a network of professionals and advocates committed to promoting equity and belonging
  • Create action plans for incorporating and advocating for the use of neuro-affirming practices in our personal and professional lives.


9:00 am- 10:00am: Registration and Community Resource Fair 

10:00 am: Opening Remarks: Adriana Ragland, LMSW & Dawn-Marie Solias, Neurodiversity Consultant & Speaker 

10:15 am: Dr. Lagarette King: Race and Disability: the Social impact of systemic inequality and intersectionality 

11:10 am: Gretchen Kamke MS, OTR/L, DIRFloortime Expert Training Leader: We are in this together how relationships and understanding individual differences can support regulation

11:55 am: Morning thoughts: Questions & Discussion Adriana Ragland, LMSW and Dawn-Marie Solias Neurodiversity Consultant & Speaker

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm:  Lunch Break

1:00 pm: Welcome Back Adriana Ragland, LMSW & Dawn Marie Neurodiversity Consultant & Speaker

1:05 pm: Lesley Capuana, PhD: Reframing the Conversation: From Managing Behaviors to Supporting Brain- Body Development. 

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm: Sensory Break  (Intermission)

2:00 pm: Lauren Marrlow: How we can shift lens to create a more inclusive world

2:50 pm: Afternoon thoughts: Questions & Discussion Adriana Ragland, LMSW and Dawn-Marie Solias Neurodiversity Consultant & Speaker

3:10 pm - 3:20 pm: Sensory Break (Intermission)

3:20 pm: Uncovering Neurodiversity Panel Discussion  (Jodie Chibi, Director of Deaf Access Services; Dawn-Marie Solias, Neuroawesome Life, EQSolutions: You 2.0, and Board Member NNWNY; Melody Murray, LMFT, CMHS, MHE; Dwight Lowe, Executive Director of Home Beneath Our Feet; Laura Wright, Self advocate & Owner of Owl Moon Healing, Audra Zasada, Special Education Teacher).

4:45pm - 5:00pmCommunity Building (Networking & Resource fair)

Thank you to our sponsors:

Cradle Beach Camp

People Inc

Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center

International Council on Development & Learning (ICDL)

Owl Moon Healing

Ambient Sound Healing

Neuroawesome Life


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