Eric Hogan is an autism entrepreneur diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. He has started Autistic Advancement, a self-advocacy organization with goals of promoting a cultural shift in the workplace and changing the rules by which people with autism get good jobs. Their website can be found here: www.autisticadvancement.org/news.
Eric is also setting up an IT staffing agency to employ adults with autism called AutVantage (www.autvantage.com). Eric also hopes to share what he learns with Autism groups such as TEAAM, ASAN, and Specialisterne.
Eric is attending this conference to network with others in the autism community, and to learn different viewpoints about autism.
Karen Blackwell is an an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying neuroscience intending to pursue a dual degree in neuroscience/neurology after a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Karen’s brother is diagnosed with autism and seizure disorder.
Karen has worked at diverse institutions related to the autism community, including the Howard County Autism Society, a local group that supports families and provides information, advocacy, and special programs for families affected by autism. She has contributed to bio-behavioral research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and the National Institutes of Mental Health. Karen’s mother serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee as a representative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and policy analyst.