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Recommendations for Autistic Attendees 

Welcome to the 2023 Virtual Milestones National Autism Conference! Here are some tips to enrich your conference experience.

1) Deciding What to Attend

Review the list of suggested sessions below. We have many sessions to choose from this year, but we asked self-advocates to select some of their top picks for suggested viewing. Because the Milestones Virtual Conference is on-demand, you can view any of the sessions on their live airdate or you can watch them later since they will be available until August 15th, 2023.

2) Attend a Live Networking Opportunity and Live Sessions for the Full Conference Experience

Although sessions are available on-demand, the live chat will only be available during the initial airing of the presentations. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and share your own experiences with the speaker and other conference attendees.

We will have one live Autistic Individual networking activity on Day 2 at 1:15pm EDT, and our keynote will be live as well.


3) Take Breaks

Taking a break in between sessions can help you feel refreshed. Use time between sessions to make a snack or visit with exhibitors sharing about services that might benefit you in our Expo Hall.


4) Share Your Experiences

Post on social media or email the Milestones team to share your feedback. Milestones values the support we receive from the autism self-advocate community and uses your feedback to grow our conference and services in a way that reflects the topics and issues important to self-advocates. Feedback can be emailed to


5) Learn how to use our Conference Platform

You will gain access to our conference platform a few days before the conference begins so you can be comfortable with finding your way around virtually. We will be posting videos to teach you how to navigate the platform, see the different kinds of sessions available and how to explore the Expo Hall.


6) How to Use Closed Captions in Conference Sessions

Captioning is available for all sessions. Closed captions are automatically turned on. You can toggle them on/off by clicking CC in the video player.


If you need help with the platform, finding CEUs, or other support, you can also email 

or call (216) 464-7600 ext. 200

Suggested Sessions for Autistic Individuals


Session Day 1 -- Wednesday, June 14

9:30-10:30am EDT

A-03 Creating a New Community for Adults 

A-05 Preventing Autistic Burnout: Fostering Neurodiversity Affirming Environments 

A-08 Autism and the Stress Cycle 

11:00am-12:15pm EDT

Keynote: Typers United: What Non-Speakers with Autism Are Desperate to Tell You 


1:15pm-2:15pm EDT

B-01 The Female Phenotype of Autism: Diagnostic Considerations 

B-05 Hear Our Voices: The Meanings of Music for Autistic Individuals 

2:30pm-3:30pm EDT

C-05 Enhancing Accessible and Supportive Environments for Individuals 

C-06 All Brains Belong: Neuroinclusive Healthcare for Autistic Patients Across the Lifespan 

C-09 The Future of Making Friends 

3:45pm-4:45pm EDT

D-01 Making Love Work: Communication Tips for Long-Term Neurodiverse Partnerships 

D-05 Control and Channel the Power of Your Breath to Live Your Best Life 

D-06 Defending the Right to Work and Learn with ASD: Provider Roles in Seeking Accommodations 

Session Day 2 -- Thursday, June 15


9:30-10:30am EDT

E-03 Adjusting to Going Back: A Self-Advocate Perspective on Returning to Pre-Covid 

E-05 Art Speaks: The Power of Art and Storytelling as a Communication Tool 

11:00am-12:15pm EDT

02-Featured Interoception, the 8th Sense: The Science of How We Uniquely Feel 

1:15pm-2:15pm EDT

LIVE Autistic Networking Hour: Open Discussion

2:30pm-3:30pm EDT

G-03 My Sensory Life: Sensory Processing Disorder and Differences in Autism (Part 1) 

G-05 Sexuality and ASD: Navigating College Life on the Autism Spectrum 

3:45pm-4:45pm EDT

H-03 My Sensory Life: Sensory Processing Disorder and Differences in Autism (Part 2) 

H-06 Navigating the Cliff: Best Practices in the Transition to Adulthood 

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