A team from Doncaster Deaf Trust is set to present to a global audience as they take part in OCALICON – an American based autism and disability conference – for the first time.

The team will deliver presentations to a worldwide audience in November covering specialist areas including partnership building, helping deaf people into employment and SMILE therapy.

Alexis Johnson, executive principal at Doncaster Deaf Trust, who will be leading one of the presentations said: “We are thrilled to be working with the team at OCALI to deliver three sessions at their conference.

“At Doncaster Deaf Trust, inspiring change and promoting access for people with disabilities is an important part of what we do. We believe that we are better when we collaborate with our staff and partners. When we work together, we bring new ideas and diverse perspectives that benefit our thinking, practices, and work. Collaboration and strategic partnerships in different sectors are an integral part of the foundation of our growth and impact.

“This year, we are excited to expand our partnership with OCALI and present at OCALICONLINE 2021—the premier autism and disabilities conference.”

Celebrating 15 years of inspiration into action, this virtual, international conference offers over 200 sessions and networking opportunities that target autism, sensory, intellectual, developmental, and intellectual disabilities and communication disorders. OCALICONLINE 2021 will showcase the best-of-the-best from collaborators and partners, organisations who are inspiring change and promoting access in their own corners of the world, in their own ways, from their own perspectives.

We are excited to present the following sessions:

  • The Art of Building Partnerships
  • Supporting Deaf People into Employment
  • SMILE Therapy

Other partners and presenters, include:

  • The American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES): acres-sped.org
  • Autism Network Scotland: org.uk
  • Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA): ca
  • National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C): org
  • Organization for Autism Research (OAR): org
  • Urban Collaborative: org

Alexis added: “From educators, service providers, parents/families, people with disabilities, community leaders, policy makers, and more, when we connect and engage with people and organizations, we create a powerful community that works toward a similar mission and outcomes. And, when it comes to inspiring change and promoting access for people with disabilities, we should all be working together to break down traditional barriers and explore options and opportunities that others may not have yet seen as possible.

“We are excited about the opportunity to present and encourage you to explore the opportunity of virtually attending OCALICONLINE 2021, November 16-19. To learn more and to register, visit ocalicon.org.”