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Autism in Love

Directed by Matt Fuller. US. 2015. NR. 76 minutes. ITVS. blu ray. FREE!.
Sat., November 14, 2015
November 14, 2015
11:00 am

In Autism in Love four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.

Join us for a 20 minute panel discussion immediately following the screening.

Panelists (updated Nov 4)

Moderator: Donald McGown, PhD, MAMS, MSS, LSW
Don is assistant professor of health, director of the minor in contemplative studies, and co-director of the center for contemplative studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master of Applied Meditation Studies degree from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, a Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in Social Science from Tilburg University. He trained as a mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts and at Thomas Jefferson University. He maintains a practice of family therapy at Council for Relationships, in their Paoli office. His primary research interests include the pedagogy of mindfulness in clinical applications and higher education, applications of complementary and integrative medicine in the community, and working with families with adolescent and adult children with developmental disabilities. and the contemplative dimensions of the health humanities. He is author of The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and primary author of Teaching Mindfulness: A practical guide for clinicians and educators and New World Mindfulness: From the Founding Fathers, Emerson, and Thoreau to your personal practice.

Phillip Duval
Phillip is a 24-year-old California native who is currently in his second year of the Learning For Life program at Camphill Soltane. Eurhythmy and horseback riding are two of Phillip’s interests, but it was in his ecology class in spring 2014 when he met his girlfriend, Sammi. Her outgoing personality and beauty, both inside and out, is what continues to attract Phillip to Sammi. Together, Phillip and Sammi enjoy going out to eat, hanging with friends, and spending time together at school and at Sammi’s apartment in Phoenixville.

Charles E. Gallagher, DOT, MA, OTR/L, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Registered (NBCOT) and Licensed (PA)
Charles has worked with students given the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families for over twenty years. He has advanced training and education in the area of sensory integration and sensory processing disorders with extensive experience giving professional lectures and presentations to a wide variety of populations. All of his professional degrees have been in occupational therapy starting with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1981 and a doctorate from Temple University in 2011.  Chuck’s doctorate included a collaborative research project with Don McCown, Ph.D. from West Chester University’s department of Health Sciences. Their research focused on fathers of children with Autism and how an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course affected their interactions with their spouses and children.

Pat Amos, M.A.
Pat has been an advocate for people with disabilities and their families for over 30 years. She is a founder of Autism Support and Advocacy in Pennsylvania (ASAP), past president of the Greater Philadelphia Autism Society, a founder and past president of the Autism National Committee, has served as a member of Pennsylvania’s Developmental Disabilities Council and as a board member and chair of the Human Rights Committee of international TASH, and currently is on the board of Networks for Training and Development and of the Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition (PEAC). Pat works as a writer and developer of educational materials about disability, and as a consultant to families and human services organizations on issues involving positive approaches, best practices, and fostering the growth of inclusive communities. She is the parent of four adults, three of whom experience significant sensorimotor differences and all of whom have taught her amazing lessons.

Holly Kofsky, TE
Holly is a Board Member and chair of the Adult Services Committee of the Autism Society Greater Philadelphia Chapter. Together with her husband of 33 years she is the parent of two adults with dual diagnosis of autism and developmental disabilities. Holly’s daughter has lived independently with her boyfriend for 9 years. Holly’s son lives in a group home in Philadelphia. Together with the state of PA Holly co-created the original training curriculum for behavior specialists working with children with ASD. Since then Holly has been on several committees, task forces and a speaker at workshops and panels advocating and guiding professionals and families through the maze of services and understanding for both children and adults with ASD. Holly is the co-author of a book on parenting children with disabilities and has written several articles related to autism. Holly works at Camphill Soltane and Kimberton Waldorf School.

Tish Copeland
Tish has a B.S. in Engineering from Penn State University and a Masters in Education from Neumann University. After 14 years working as an Electrical Distribution Engineer in Everett, WA; Denver, CO; and Philadelphia, PA; she began working with “at-risk” youth in 2001 through the “Communities That Care” initiative in Kennett Square. Her passion to help youth transition into successful adults drove her to change careers. Recently she has lead and participated in The Garage Mentoring Program; The Landing (Celebrate Recovery for youth); and the new Family Promise of Southern Chester County. Tish currently teaches students aged 18-21 at the Chester County Intermediate Unit in a Community Based Instruction program. Her students commute to campus and take post-secondary educational courses while acquiring skills for independent living.

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