PAN-S: Life on the Spectrum

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The Philadelphia Autism Network – Self-Advocate (PAN-S) Workshop Series presents Life on the Spectrum, a workshop series developed by and for autistic people. Topics vary and focus on advocacy, postsecondary education, relationships and intersectional identities, with content developed by autistic individuals. Interpretation and translation services provided. See below to learn more about upcoming workshops!

Thank you to our partners:

This work is supported by a grant from the Eagles Autism Foundation. 

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Policy and Analytics Center (PAC)

Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative Eastern Region

Philadelphia Autism Project



Please join us for the fourth and fifth installment of “Life on the Spectrum: A Workshop Series Developed by and for Autistic People.” for a special 2-part mini-series on Intersecting Identities.

Date: Wednesday, October 13th, 10:00AM-11:30AM EST

Autism in Women will consist of a brief presentation on Dr. Hannah Belcher’s research on autism spectrum disorder in women, followed by a panel conversation of women discussing their lived experience as women on the Spectrum.

Date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST

Autism and Transgender Identity will consist of a panel conversation of transgender autistic individuals discussing their lived experiences, featuring topics such as: identity, navigating transition, healthcare, and the legal system.


Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 2 – 3 PM: MENTAL HEALTH & SELF-CARE


Thursday, 7/1/21, 1:30-3:00 PM: SELF ADVOCACY

Workshop developed by Ellie McKeown

A panel of Autistic individuals discuss what self-advocacy looks like and how to implement it in your daily life.

Robin Roscigno, Founder of AuTeach
Featuring a panel of Philadelphia-based self-advocates

Wednesday, 7/28/21, 7:00-8:00 PM: NAVIGATING HIGHER EDUCATION

Workshop developed by Elliot Mumma

A conversation about the ins and outs of higher education, from the perspectives of both an Autistic young adult currently in college and a representative from the Drexel Autism Support Program.

Elliot Mumma, current college student
Amy Edwards, Ed.D., Director of Drexel Autism Support Program (DASP)

Saturday, 9/18/21, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM: SEX ED & DATING

Workshop developed by Ev Smith and Khylil Robinson

A two-part workshop consisting of a presentation on sex education for autistic individuals, followed by a panel discussion on dating and relationships featuring autistic individuals.

Speaker: Michael John Carley

Moderated by: Michael John Carley
Featuring a panel of autistic individuals
discussing dating and relationships.

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