Autism as an invisible disability: What you see is NOT everything


2023年7月29日 (土) 14:00 15:15


Seminar room, Seaside House



Autism as an invisible disability: What you see is NOT everything


A lack of societal understanding and acceptance of autism is a serious issue that is associated with loneliness and mistreatments of autistic people in criminal justice system or employment. Autism is not a disorder or impairment that needs to be treated or cured. What needs to be changed is the societal understanding of autism.

In this talk, from the societal model and neurodiversity paradigm, I will highlight lived experiences of autistic people including my own and latest research and cover topics such as sociality, loneliness, and mental health in autism. There will be a Q&A session at the end.


Dr Kana Grace

Kana is an English-Japanese bilingual psychologist specializing in Autism. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at University College London where she completed her PhD, and a research collaborator at Autism Spectrum Australia. She has been featured in major media such as BBC, Scientist, and Spectrum. Kana is autistic and an ADHDer, and is passionate about advocacy for autism and neurodiversity.

Academic Background:

Doctor of Philosohpy, University College London, UK

Masters of Arts (Counseling), Boston College, USA

Postgraduate Certification (Autism), Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Bachelor of Science, Northeastern University , USA


  • 1,000 yen/person
  • I will send you the details via email.


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  • Email title: "talk"
  • Email text: please write down your preferred session (English or Japanese) and numbers of people who are coming.
  • I will reply to you to confirm your booking.
  • First-come-first-served basis of 20 capacity


Seminar Room, Seaside House, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

Date and time:

Saturday, July 29

11:00 am - 12:15 pm Japanese

14:00 pm - 15:15 pm English

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