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Oxygen Mask Episode 18: Neurodiversity with Milena and Jules, Part 1


This April, autism acceptance month, we have insightful conversations with Milena Bates and Jules Edwards about neurodiversity. These two mothers recognized that they themselves are neurodiverse as they sought diagnoses and services for their autistic children. This episode will bring you joy, make you think, and provide a new lens on autism. Milena and Jules share their personal and parenting journeys and shift the autism narrative toward acceptance.

Show Notes: 

MN Autistics and Allies is the Facebook group that Milena and Jules co-administer.
– Writing from Jules (@AutisticTyping):
– Milena is a Pacer Parent Advocate and member of the MN Department of Education’s Special Education Advisory Panel.
– Jules is a Parent Advocate with the Multicultural Autism Action Network and current University of Minnesota LEND fellow.


This Oxygen Mask Episode was made possible by an Family Connections Innovation Grant from the MN Department of Human Services. Communities Engaging Autism is grateful for this financial support.

Author: Beth

Beth is a wife, mother, researcher and connector. She has two elementary-aged kids, one who is differently wired with autism. Beth has done graduate work and consulting related to youth development and community engagement. She loves advocating for authentic community engagement and contributions of kids and families impacted by autism. She lives in Hopkins, MN.

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