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The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project


6/7/22: Accept the Unexpected: Julia and Ray Speak About Autism Acceptance

In this webinar, we will cover Person First Language vs Identity First Language, understanding behaviors and communication through Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), understanding Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and How It Is Perceived by the ASD Community, and more. The webinar will be presented by the NJSAP Team and includes clips throughout from Julia Simko and Ray Vercruysse. Julia Simko is a proud member of the autism community. She was a State Queen for the New Jersey Miss Amazing pageant in 2016 and 2019, graduated from New Jersey Partners in Policymaking in 2020, and is part of Council 3 of the New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network. Julia loves to read, watch movies, sing, do improvisation, and takes part in advocacy of all types whenever she can. Ray Vercruysse is a member of Council 3 of the New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network since 2020. Ray participates in many groups for his many interests, like gaming, knitting, and socializing. Julia and Ray have one child, a son named Kip.