Autism Summit

Join us to increase your awareness and learn strategies to connect with individuals living with autism at our upcoming Autism Summit. The Summit will feature speakers with first-hand knowledge and expertise.

Talila A. LewisKEYNOTE SPEAKER | Talila A. Lewis

(no gender pronouns; use Talila or "TL" instead of using pronouns) is an abolitionist community lawyer, educator, and organizer whose work reveals and addresses the inextricable links between ableism, racism, classism, and all forms of systemic oppression and structural inequity. Recognized as a 2015 White House Champion of Change and one of Pacific Standard Magazine's Top 30 Thinkers Under 30, Lewis engineers innovative and intersectional social justice efforts that address grave interconnected injustices within education, medical, and legal systems that have gone unaddressed for generations. Lewis's advocacy primarily focuses on harm and violence reduction and interruption, advocacy with people affected by incarceration/institutionalization, and abolition of all forms of incarceration/institutionalization.

This event is made possible through the generous support of donors to the Oakland Community College Foundation.

Understanding Autism Student Panel

  • Moderator: Dr. Cheryl Decker, OCC Professor of Psychology
  • Panelists:
    • Erich McQuisten
    • Daniella Rodriguez
    • Timothy Boykin
    • Latrisha Lake


Understanding Autism Expert Panel

  • Moderator: Shawn DiCicco, OCC ACCESS Coordinator
  • Panelists:
    • Anthony Ianni (MI Department of Civil Rights)
    • Birgit McQuisten (parent)
    • Tiffany Ofeimu (OCC Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education)
    • Dr. Ashish Rutunga (Psychiatrist and former OCC CIS Faculty)