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A free & by donation event to bring us together in community & learning. Guest host is Danny Whitty who uses Spelling to Communicate (S2C).

Event Date:
Aug 18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ask a Speller! With Danny Kentaro Whitty

Speller and Friend, Writer and Advocate

Verbal, just not speaking, autistic and apraxic human

Hello and welcome to Autistic Revolution’s next Community Event.

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If you aren’t familiar with Autistic Revolution yet, it is our free, online magazine created by Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent folks. We also see our magazine as an invitation to community and we are excited to be bringing people together again for this upcoming webinar.

Event Details

When: Sunday August 18th, 6–7.30 PM (BST/GMT+1/London)

Where: Online, zoom link sent before event from Eventbrite

Cost: Free! We do have an option when securing your ticket in case you are in the position to make a donation and ‘pay it forward’ for the next community event

Guest Host: Danny Whitty with sister Eira as his CRP (Communication and Regulation Partner)

Hosted by: Laura Hellfeld of Autistic Revolution

What else to know: tickets to attend are limited, questions for Danny are to be submitted prior to the event, please see more details in the ‘More About the Event’ section.

About Danny

From Danny’s Website

Would you believe that I am a nonspeaking autistic?

That for over 30 years, I was unable to communicate my true thoughts? It is a sad and tragic story, but it is full of light. My life has moved toward hope since I learned to spell to communicate. My ability to share my ideas and feelings has exploded into brilliant galaxies!

I am a 38 year old autistic and apraxic man. This means I have trouble coordinating between my brain and body. This means I am overwhelmed by sensory stimuli. This means I have been overlooked by schools and society.

This also means I have a glorious world in my mind!

As a neurodivergent, immigrant, half Asian person, I identify with marginalized groups. That is my inspiration to spread awareness and empathy. I am also still mourning the death of my beloved father. His loss in 2018 drives my current reflections on grief and love, and my desire to further explore our Irish heritage.

With that said, I relish fun and bizarre humor, writing, exploring the culinary world, roaming in nature (especially the ocean), traveling, and connecting with people.

My regular advocacy work is through my Danny With Words social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram as well as my blog on this site, and Leo in Bloom Magazine, centered on sharing perspectives and experiences of nonspeaking autistics! My sister Tara and I co-host the All Our Brave Hearts podcast, which you can access on Substack (with transcripts), Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. I recently retired The Ocean & Us Podcast, for which I was the creator and co-host.

I am also an advocate with the Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network, a member of the Nonspeaking Leadership Council for International Association for Spelling as Communication (I-ASC), and a board member for Teva Community. I have co-taught and taught courses on poetry and art history for Spellers with Spellers Center San Diego. I have acted as an advisor for the educational guides for The Reason I Jump film, and also contributed to the NeuroClastic Music Media Toolkit and the ACES Talking with Doctorsproject.

I am an avid writer and poet, guided by my poetry mentor Brian Laidlaw, and regularly share my poetry at the monthly Neurolyrical Cafes hosted by Unrestricted Interest and I-ASC. My writings have been published as a poetry chapbook as well as in Bon Appetit Magazine, OpenTable’s blog, Eat Club Magazine, and the Art of Autism. It is amazing to look back at this excerpt from my original bio for this website, written in 2020: “I am hoping to be a published writer one day. I also would love to make more friends. Writing is my passion, and I am happy to share it with you!” Now, I am exploring art, guided by my art mentor Shay Sampson.

To learn more about Danny and his work please find links to his pages below

Website: dannywithwords.com

Co-host of the All Our Brave Hearts Podcast

Editor-in-Chief of Leo in Bloom Magazine

Interview for Uniquely Human Podcast

Article in Bon Appetit Magazine

More About the Event

I am excited to invite Danny on in order to introduce himself and his work. Danny has generously offered to also answer questions about his communication method, S2C (Spelling to Communicate).

Danny’s sister, Eira, will be accompanying Danny as his CRP (Communication and Regulation Partner). Danny describes Eira as ‘so awesome!’ and so I think we will all enjoy meeting her too.

Please note that if you would like to submit a question for Danny to answer, please add these questions to the pinned post on my Facebook page or LinkedIn page. If you have trouble finding these, you can email me at Laura.theNDnurse@gmail.com

I will provide Danny with submitted questions by August 1st in order to give him time to decide on which questions to answer and if he would like to prepare an answer ahead of time.

Danny would also like to bring some of his family culture into the event by having us do some fun trivia questions. I think this is gonna end up with a lot of laughs!

To secure your space for the event, please follow the Eventbrite link and choose a free or by donation ticket.

Image of event poster. Grey background with an image of Danny sat, smiling at the camera and holding a letter board. Danny has on a grey cap and wearing a button up navy blue shirt with green flowers. At the top is the event title ‘Ask a Speller!’.

Image of event poster. Grey background with an image of Danny sat, smiling at the camera and holding a letter board. Danny has on a grey cap and wearing a button up navy blue shirt with green flowers. At the top is the event title ‘Ask a Speller!’.

Photo of Laura from waist up. Laura is a pale person with red-blonde hair to their shoulders. Laura is facing the camera, smiling and wearing blue rimmed glasses. They are in front of a colourful graffiti wall with a pink peace sign.

Photo of Laura from waist up. Laura is a pale person with red-blonde hair to their shoulders. Laura is facing the camera, smiling and wearing blue rimmed glasses. They are in front of a colourful graffiti wall with a pink peace sign.

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