October 10th 2020 - Amsterdam
Information for foreign participants
The Autminds conference is organised by and for autistics and welcomes others that have an interest in the topic and respect the way we run it: as a large group of volunteers. Inspired by Autscape, Autminds started in 2015 and we celebrate growing from a family of 50 to a somewhat larger family of 300.
On this page you will find the most important information that should help you decide whether you want to visit Autminds. In absence of a bi-lingual website you will have to rely on Google Translate primarily and inquiries to the organisers secondarily. We hope to meet you, at Autminds!
Impression of Autminds (subtitled)
Autminds is a 1-day conference held in the hosted by the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Getting there is simple: The subway from Amsterdam Centraal Station (railyway) is just a few stops and walking distance.
The building is modern and spacious, with lots of opportunity to find a quiet spot.
The Hogeschool hosts Autminds in exchange and in return we host an international minor ‘Urban Diversity’ meaning that a group of 15-20 students from various countries will be helping us during the day and working on an educational assignment relating to… Autminds. For most of them this will be the first actual encounter with autistics so an excellent opportunity to we break down stereotypes. We have prepped them in a special class on themes like emancipation, disability, stigma and of course a little on autism as well.
The main language is Dutch but 4 of the 20 program elements are in English.
The detailed time-schedule will become available in several weeks but suffices to say that we will have more than 20 programmed elements of 45 minutes each. There is a mix of lectures, workshops, physical exercise and recreation. All is arranged in 4 parallel blocks. The overview of all program-elements etc. is given in the Programme Schedule. A description of the lectures, workshops etc in Abstracts (Google translate for the Dutch sections)
All program elements are separated by a 15 min coffee/tea break or lunch. This allows you to change rooms, have a rest and … something to drink.
9:15 Registration starts
Tickets are very afforable.
Participants with a (self)diagnosis of autism pay € 25,=. Select the ticket “deelnemer mèt”
Participants without a (self)diagnosis of autism pay € 37,50. Select the ticket “deelnemer zònder”
Participants with the lowest income (social benefits) receive a 50% discount and pay € 12,50. Select the ticket “Vriendenkaart kopen”
Tickets are sold through the TicketMaster website (in Dutch). Paymet by CreditCard and PayPal is also accepted. Service charges for tickets are typically € 2 – € 3 (Vriendenkaart is free of service charge)
You are welcome to donate to the fund from which we can sell lowest income tickets. By buying a ‘Vriendenkaart schenken” you donate the the missing 50% of their ticket and replenish our fund.
We strive to make Autminds as accessible as practicable.
Language: the main conference language is Dutch but expect that most organisers and participants have a fair command of the English language and some of German or French.
Communication: We implemented the AutScape signalling of preferences for initiating contacts: exchangeable color strips in your bagde allow you to indicate
- red: please do not initiate contact with me. I prefer to initiate myself
- yellow: Only initiate contact if I have given you prior permission.
- green: I welcome your contact, please take the initiative
- white: I have no preferences with regards to initiating contacts
Autism: We have special break out room if you seek isolation.
Dietary: Our sandwich lunch caters a wide audience including vegetarians. On request we can also cater special demands like gluten-free, lactose intolerance etc. Make sure to inquire at as soon as possible (dietary requirements options will be frozen two weeks in advance).
Mobility: All program-elements are accessible by wheelchair. Please contact us in advance so we can help you find your way around doors that would otherwise remain closed.
Visual limitations: we didn’t have to arrange anything on earlier Autminds but feel free to contact us if you can think of something you need.
Auditory limitations: we didn’t have to arrange anything on earlier Autminds, but feel free to contact us if you can think of something you need.
Support Animals: Where practicable we will allow you to bring your support animal, but please contact the organisers if your want to bring yours. The animal will need to be clearly recognisable as a support animal and should not cause distress to other participants. We have permitted dogs and cats on prior Autminds.
The conference program has a slot for so-called special interest groups. These are discussions organised by Autminds participants themselves around themes they have proposed. We will make available several class rooms for such groups.
Everybody can propose a special interest topic (1 per person) and is expected to start the discussion in such a group. We will collect the topics and post them on a white board in the morning, allowing all participants to indicate their interest. The topics with the largest interests will be awarded with a class-room.
Would you rather not go to Autminds on your own, do you prefer to see at least some familiar faces during the day?
Then sign up for a starting group. On the day of the congress, at 9:30 am, the participants of a starting group meet in the “living room”, a separate room. You can get to know each other before the conference starts under the supervision of someone who has been to Autminds before. Then you can choose whether you meet every break or just see how it goes. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate in a starting group. Make sure you are at 9:15 at the registration desk: participants in the starting groups have priority when registering and are picked up at the registration desk
Everything you experience at Autminds started as an idea somewhere and some willingness to make it happen. And all of that not necessarily represented within the same person. Autminds grows yearly, it experiments, it diversifies. It is kind of an organism following the needs of a group. We as organisers just provide the infrastructure. It’s the speakers, the participants and a lot of hands-on volunteering that shape Autminds. Please let us know if you want to contribute your idea, skills or time.