Tue, Mar 21|
Central Austin, Address Sent After RSVP
Psychedelics & Autism: A Presentation by Aaron Orsini (Austin)
Can psychedelics help neurodivergent individuals find connection in a disconnected world? Join educator, researcher and autistic author Aaron Orsini as he shares his personal story and offers insight about psychedelics as tools for transformation.
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Mar 21, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Central Austin, Address Sent After RSVP, Austin, TX, USA
About the event
Could psychedelics help autistic individuals manage social anxiety, recover from trauma, reduce depression and anxiety, and find connection in a world that so often feels disconnected? There are promising signs that this is indeed the case, but research is still emerging. Join educator, researcher and autistic author Aaron Orsini as he shares his personal story and offers insight about psychedelics as tools for transformation.
Current estimates have it that between 1-2% of the world’s population is autistic. In addition to higher levels of social anxiety, depression, and ADHD, autistic individuals meet unique challenges as they seek effective therapeutic treatment methods available to them; psychedelic-assisted therapy is now seen as an attractive alternative for this often sidelined and marginalized population. Chances are you know one or many neurodivergent individuals, and have some inkling of the challenges those in this community face as they navigate the world. Come hear Aaron's story and learn about a fascinating, emerging field of therapy and transformation.
If you're a therapist, facilitator, neuroscientist, advocate, clinician, parent, friend, human being, or simply fascinated by the mind ... you'll want to hear Aaron's talk!
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Aaron Orsini is an autistic author, educator, and researcher of psychedelic medicines. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 23 and received his first psychedelic at the age of 27. Since then, he has learned and grown through experiences with psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA, as well as through the reception of some thousands of second-hand reports that other autistic individuals have shared with him.
Over the years, his experiences with psychedelics have helped him better understand his neurology, identity, as well as his relationships and the context within which they exist. He's published three books, including “Autism On Acid”, “Autistic Psychedelic”, and “Introduction to Psychedelic Autism” — in addition to co-founding the Autistic Psychedelic Community, an online hub for autistic individuals, their family members, and the professionals who seek to support them amidst their intentional explorations with psychedelic medicines. Aaron has served as an autism-focused psychedelic research co-author for University College London, a diversity committee member for the American Psychedelic Practitioners Association, and the lead instructor for the presently enrolling “Introduction To Psychedelic Autism” online course offered through AutisticPsychedelic.com.
Aaron is also a neurodiversity-affirming lecturer for Alma Institute and SoundMind institute — two of Oregon’s very first legal, M109-compliant psilocybin facilitation training programs — and he continues to contribute to progressive drug education reform by serving as an expert advisor and consultant for the development of a harm-reduction-focused program known as A.D.A.P.T. (Autistic Drug Abuse Prevention Training), which recently received generous grant funding from the Organization of Autism Research (OAR).
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