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Jennifer Cook - Autism in Heels 4/5/22

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  • Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m.
  • Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building
  • Jennifer Cook

The face of autism is changing, and more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Whether it’s bad perms, body image, sexuality, or self-esteem, this game-changing talk reveals the woman inside of one of autism’s most prominent figures. Jennifer Cook (formerly Cook O’Toole), like so many women and girls, fit the profile but remained unidentified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. Now, she offers a love letter to all of us on the human spectrum, a journey of self-discovery, enrichment, and understanding, empowering every kind of differently-wired mind to become her own best differently-wired kind of wonderful.Jennifer Cook was identified as being on the spectrum in 2011, just after her three children. She is now the author of eight bestselling books --the Asperkids collection, Sisterhood of the Spectrum, and Autism in Heels -- which include a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, a Publishers Weekly "Best Book" title winner, and three of BookAuthority's "Best-Selling" and "Top Autism Books of All Time." Jennifer is a multi-award-winning international speaker and has keynoted at the White House and the National Institutes of Health. She sits on the Advisory Board to the Sesame Street Workshop and the Panel of Self Advocates to the Autism Society of America, among others. Most recently, she is the founder of a brand-new venture called belong, a virtual wonderland of enrichment and community, empowering neurodiverse individuals worldwide.

Production Date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 15:15

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