At LDS we are passionate about equipping people with knowledge and information about learning differences and how to support and advocate for individuals and groups with learning differences in educational, social, work, and community settings.

Lessons I wish I’d learned growing up autistic – with Chris Bonnello

On February 22, 2023, LDS will host a workshop on the topic “Lessons I wish I’d learned growing up autistic”. We have invited Chris Bonnello, an autistic advocate, to present and speak with parents, families and caregivers who support Autistic children and youth.  

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 12:30 pm Pacific
Duration: 1 hour
Format: Online

Bio: Chris Bonnello is an autistic advocate, award-winning writer and international speaker, also a novelist and a former teacher (mainstream primary and special education). In 2015 he launched Autistic Not Weird to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective, a venture which has seen him attract over 160,000 Facebook followers and over 3 million page hits on his website (, as well as speaking engagements as far away as India and Sydney Opera House. He is the author of the novel series “Underdogs”, a series of dystopia books with heroes from a special school, and “What We Love Most About Life”, an uplifting book designed to help autistic young people feel less alone. He was a nominee for the 2017 National Diversity Awards (Positive Role Model for Disability), two-time winner at the Autism Hero Awards (Top Journalist 2017, Online Social Community 2018) and won the National Autistic Society Professionals Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum in 2019.

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes Workshop

Our most popular workshop, Walk a Mile in My Shoes (WAMMS), is an experiential workshop that uses simulations and exercises to raise awareness about learning differences.

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LDS can also work with you or your organization to develop and deliver workshops and professional development opportunities in areas such as: 

  • Learning differences/disabilities 
  • Inclusion, equity, and advocacy 
  • Early years intervention 
  • Transitions (transition to school; transition to high school; transition to workforce/higher education) 
  • Navigating IEPs and Psycho-Educational Assessments as a Parent 
  • Supporting your child with a learning difference

These workshops can be tailored to different audiences/groups and delivered in person at your location in the lower mainland, at our East Vancouver learning centre, or online.  

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