Autism and Addiction: A Lecture

Thursday Jan 12th, 7:30pm
Austin Center for Recovery
4110 Guadalupe St #635, Austin, TX
Open to all

Addiction is a part of our culture. Overuse of electronics, excessive shopping, unhealthy eating, destructive sex and romance, abuse of drugs and alcohol, and over-working are all essentially normal. For an autistic person struggling with extreme sensetivity, limited impulse control, and insecurity from years of rejection, we are highly prone to addiction.

The opposite of addiction is connection. And my experience embracing my autism and overcoming my addictions has brought amazing connection to myself, my community, and to spirituality.

I will be discussing the intersection of autism and addiction through my own journey, and I’ll share tools on how to support an Aspie struggling with any kind of addiction.

Open to all
$10 suggested donation (no one turned away)

The Austin Center for Recovery is located on the Austin State Hospital campus off Guadalupe just north of 38th 1/2. Enter off Guadalupe and take your first right, and building #635 is the third building on your left.

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How to Love Your Autistic Self

joecarr-7Thursday, December 8th, 7pm
The Om Center, 5501 N Lamar, 78705
Open to all!

Many Aspies (people with Autism) suffer from really low self esteem. We’re told we have a disability, that we’re broken, flawed, or weird. I wasn’t able to make significant progress in my life until I learned to drop this idea and embrace my autism. I had to start loving my autistic self.
Our friends and family play a significant role in helping us learn to love ourselves. I could never have achieved my success without amazing allies loving me and believing in me all the way through.
I am excited to share the ways I learned to love my autistic self, and teach practices that I do regularly to keep my self esteem high. And also teach allies what my friends and family have done that has worked (and not worked) to help get me there.
Open to all
$10 suggested donation (no one turned away)
Located at The OM Center at 5501 N. Lamar C123, on the East side of North Lamar just South of Koenig. It is in the same shopping complex as Titaya’s Thai Restaurant.

Autistic Connection: Different, Not Less

Thursday, November 3rd, 7-9pm
5501 N. Lamar C123, Austin, TX
Open to all

I am going to fully dispel the myth that we are in any way bad at connecting with others. Indeed, connection is an autistic super power. And learning how we do it offers profound implications for the rest of society.
Growing up an Aspie, I had a difficult time making and keeping friends, struggled with dating, and seemed to make enemies everywhere I went. This led me to believe that I was bad with people, a belief that I then continued to make true.
Through personal transformation work, I discovered that I am actaully uniquely gifted at connecting with others. I’m not so good at reading facial expressions or subtleties of language, but I can FEEL people deeply. I was gullible because I was trained to believe people’s words, but when I learned to trust my feelings and intuition, I could easily detect inconsistencies in words and intention. I can even tell when someone is lying to themselves.
By learning to connect through through your body, emotion, and intuition, you can create connection and even intimacy with anyone. I am excited to teach this valuable skill to Aspies and non-Aspies alike!
If you’re autistic (or otherwise neurodivergent), come tap into this superpower. If you love someone who is autistic, come learn a deeper way of being with them. If you have any relationships at all, come learn how to take it to another level.
Open to all people interested in connection, intimacy, autism, or neurodivergent relating.
$10 (no one turned away)
Located at 5501 N. Lamar C123, on the East side of North Lamar just South of Koenig. It is in the same shopping complex as Titaya’s Thai Restaurant, and there’s an old sign over the suite that says CRT Awards, Inc.

How to Use Your Autism Super Powers

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Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 10am-5pm

You’re a sensitive feeler. You’re a fast thinker. You’re extraordinarily gifted in certain areas.

You were told you have a “disability.” You were excluded or outcast. You’ve felt overwhelmed, confused, or isolated.

Like all super heroes, your power can often feel like a burden. You sometimes feel like a “freak” and long to be “normal.”

You are not alone. You are not broken. You have exceptional abilities that need only to be awakened.

I know. I’ve been there. And I discovered the mindset and tools I needed to create the relationships, career, and community that most people only dream of. I use my extreme sensitivity to deepen my romantic partnership and friendships. I use my fast mind to succeed in business. I use my creative gifts to improve the world and change people’s lives.

In this engaging workshop, we’ll use facilitated discussion and exercises to explore:
  • The truth that you are gifted and not broken
  • Your unique talents and how they relate to autism
  • How to relate with the non-Aspie world
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Body awareness methods
  • Communication skills
  • How to receive and transmit emotion and energy

Note that this workshop will be highly interactive with lots of exercises and movement. Like most Aspies, I don’t like sitting still for long periods of time!

Welcome to Xavier’s School for the Gifted. Embrace your Aspie Power.

This workshop is open to adults with autism that are verbal and live independently (no formal diagnosis required). It is limited to 15 participants and is by application only. Complete the form below and then I will contact you to schedule a phone interview.

Joe Carr is Life Coach who specializes in supporting adults with Autism. He has fully integrated his own Autism to create a successful life with fulfilling relationships, career, and lifestyle. He is trained in body-centered coaching, Nonviolent Communication, Dialectical Behavioral Therepy, mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Naht Hanh, and has over 1000 hours experience facilitating groups and workshops. He loves to help others create a positive relationship with their Autism, walk them through the first steps of a new diagnosis, or help educate friends and family about how to best understand and support them. Learn more about him here.