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Speaker

Desiree Kameka
USA

Desiree Kameka is the Director of Community Engagement and Housing Networks for the Madison House Autism Foundation (MHAF). She developed and spearheads three MHAF housing initiatives:

1) Autism Housing Network, an online platform to bring together the best ideas in housing for autistic adults and others with developmental disabilities.

2) Coalition for Community Choice, bringing together thousands of stakeholders and self-advocates to be part of the conversation and inform policymakers about the importance of choice and true self-determination.

3)Empowering Communities Initiative in which she provides consultations to individuals seeking housing opportunities and to forming projects.

For the last eight years, Ms. Kameka’s work for MHAF has focused on researching housing issues, advocating on issues of autism in adulthood, and presenting at local and national gatherings. She has visited over 100 residential opportunities and social enterprises across the USA and highlights their unique victories and learning curves while sharing stories of individuals on the spectrum or who have other developmental disabilities. Her passion is empowering autistic adults and parents to create a future that is exciting and life-affirming. 

A recognized disability housing expert and keynote speaker in conferences across the country,  Ms. Kameka is cited in media outlets such as The Atlantic, Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR and ABC News. In addition, Desiree’s work in housing is included among international academics and professionals who are actively researching and working in the field in the pioneering scholarly volume Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life, which covers the issues faced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a major contributor to Building an Intentional Community in Delaware (Feb 2017), a report funded by the Ford Foundation. She has been invited to speak on panels at the UBS Global Autism Innovation Roundtable, the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, and at the National Institute of Health (NIH) to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee on Autism After 21.

 

12
Jan
2019

11.55 am - 12.25 pm

Support, not Sympathy - Panel Discussion on Employment and Vocational Skills

12
Jan
2019

12:55 pm - 1:15 pm

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