2022 Annual Burnett Seminar

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Tuesday, Oct. 4| 1 – 3 p.m. (EDT)
Book signing to follow, 3 – 4 p.m.  (EDT)
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public

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The topic of the 19th Annual Timothy B. and Jane A. Burnett Seminar for Academic Achievement is We’re Not Broken – Changing the Autism Conversation: A Conversation about Academic Successfeaturing journalist and author Eric Garcia ’14. (Read his story in the January/February 2022 Carolina Alumni Review.

The Burnett Seminar services parents of teens and young adults with ADHD/LD. Its mission is to inspire this population that success in life is possible.

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Sponsored by the Learning Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the UNC General Alumni Association.

Program Description

This presentation will draw on Garcia’s wealth of knowledge navigating education as an autistic person.  Garcia will describe resources, supports and strategies that both he and other autistic people have found important for academic success in high school and college.  In addition to academic challenges that autistic people may encounter, he will address social challenges as well.  He will share insights about his journey as a Latino autistic person and approaches he’s used to succeed both academically and in his career.

Eric Garcia '14

Eric Garcia ’14 currently works as a journalist covering politics in Washington, D.C. He uses his life experience as an autistic person as a springboard to discuss what many autistic people have been saying for years: autism is a part of their identity; they don’t need to be fixed.

His frustration with media’s coverage of autism inspired him to write about it.  His recent book, We’re Not Broken – Changing the Autism Conversation, explores how autistic people wrestle with systems that were not built with them in mind.

Garcia is the senior Washington correspondent for The Independent and a columnist for MSNBC. He is also the author of We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. Previously, he was an assistant editor at the Washington Post’s Outlook section and an associate editor at The Hill, as well as a correspondent for the National Journal, MarketWatch and Roll Call. He has also written for the Daily Beast, the New Republic and

Live Stream Details

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How will I get the link for the live stream?

  • Instructions for accessing the live stream have been emailed to pre-registered participants. See above section for additional details.

Where should I park for the in-person seminar?

  • Parking is available in the Rams Head Visitor Parking Deck, located on Ridge Road, just past the intersection with Stadium Drive. Hourly rates apply.

What should I bring?

  • You may wish to bring a sweater as the conference room can get chilly. You are welcome to bring sensory-friendly items to aid in focus during the presentation.

Can I view/download the speaker’s presentation ahead of time?

  • Jonathan Mooney will not be using slides for this presentation.
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