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Tips for Autistic Students: Attending Academic and Scholarly Conferences

Graduate student Laura Gilmour is a STEM researcher in the fields of autism and sexuality, as well as an autistic self-advocate. Here she talks about her early experiences of presenting posters and presenting at conferences. She offers lots of useful information about what to expect, how to prepare, and how to navigate challenging exchanges about your work. If you’re an autistic student looking for advice on attending academic conferences, you’ve come to the right place. Thanks, Laura, for this terrific insight!

You might also be interested in the video Autistic Self-Advocacy and STEM: A College Journey and the post Autistic Sensory Sensitivity on Campus: Part One, Introduction.

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Laura Gilmour

Laura Gilmour is a PhD candidate in educational psychology at the University of Alberta and an autistic self-advocate. Her research has centred around issues surrounding autism across the life span ranging from sexuality, online gaming, employment, and autism culture. She is actively involved in guest lectures in the Edmonton community which share both her personal and research experience.

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