Featured Speakers at ACES December 9 & 16, 2021

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Join us on December 9 & 16 at 2:00 PM EST!

Augmentative Communication Empowerment & Supports (ACES) is pleased to share Donnie TC Denome and Cole Sorensen as guest speakers presenting on “Good Communication, Good Relationships, Good Sex: Communication Tips and Tricks for AAC Users in Relationships”  

This presentation will cover how AAC users can better communicate in relationships. It will discuss setting boundaries, giving/refusing consent, talking about likes and dislikes, and conflict resolution. We will conduct this presentation from a sex-positive perspective, realizing that AAC users can be and are sexual beings capable of engaging in sexual and romantic relationships. The presentation will include examples of phrases and sentence starters AAC users can use within discussions of boundaries, consent, likes and dislikes, and conflict resolution, as well as ways to navigate conversations when AAC devices are not available or not easy to use. Both presenters are AAC users who have experience using AAC within the context of relationships.

Photograph of Cole Sorenson. A young, white, transmasculine person with short brown hair, tinted glasses, and a septum piercing. He is wearing a shirt with a space print.
Cole Sorenson: A young, white, transmasculine person with short brown hair, tinted glasses, and a septum piercing. He is wearing a shirt with a space print.

Cole Sorensen is a mostly nonspeaking trans autistic person, a public speaker, writer, and instructor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has worked extensively with both disabled young people and the professionals who support them as a consultant, facilitator, and lecturer. His work focuses on promoting autonomy, self-determination, communication access, and dignity of risk for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

 

 

 

Photograph of Donnie TC Denome. A young white person with bleached blond hair shaved on the sides. They are wearing a purple dress and have several necklaces around their neck.
Donnie TC Denome. A young white person with bleached blond hair shaved on the sides. They are wearing a purple dress and have several necklaces around their neck.

Donnie TC Denome (they/them) is a nonspeaking queer autistic self-advocate, sexual health educator, graphic designer, and award-winning journalist. They hold a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in health education for people with intellectual, communication, and developmental disabilities. Donnie has worked with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, SARTAC, and CommunicationFirst as a writer and graphic designer. Their work focuses on promoting autonomy, dignity, and access to equitable healthcare and health education for disabled people.

 

 

All AAC voices who are at least 18 years of age are welcome to attend.

Register at the links below:

 

Additional information about this ACES Virtual Learning Series can be found at: https://aaccommunity.net/2021/10/aces-lets-talk-about-sex/

Participation in ACES sessions is open to anyone who identifies as an AAC user (full-time or part-time) and is at least 18 years of age.  This is a space to lift AAC voices; participation priority is given to AAC users and guest speakers.  Communication partners are welcome to attend if they are supporting an AAC user.

Sessions will be on Zoom.  Captioning will be available.

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