Announcing GRASP’s 18th Annual Event Virtual Conference Speakers

We are honored to welcome the following Autistic and Neurodiverse speakers to this year’s annual benefit event.

A headshot photo of Brian J Liston wearing a yellow shirt and holding a pen.

GRASP Board Member, Brian J Liston, has been an active GRASP and autism community member for over two decades. He will be speaking about his experience of quarantining in a community residence with the highly restrictive NY state guidelines and strategies he used to make it through.

Lisa Morgan is the co-chair of the Autism and Suicide committee of the American Association of Suicidology. An autistic adult and survivor of suicide loss, Lisa advocates for crisis supports for autistic people.  She has developed two autism specific crisis resources.  Lisa has authored two books, one about autism and suicide and one about autism and PTSD. She will be speaking about autism and suicide. 

A selfie photo of Mike Tripodi. He is demonstrating use of PPE while in his Red Cross Uniform.

Mike Tripodi, Board Vice President of the Autism Society of the Capital Region, will be speaking about being an emergency manager during the past year of record wildfires, hurricanes and the global pandemic, and how being neurodiverse was critical to developing new and creative ways to respond to disasters. 

Pete Grella, has been meditating and studying secular Buddhism for the past 8 years. Pete has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and after experiencing his own transformation using the tools of Buddhist Meditation, is an avid proponent of meditation as a resource for adults on the spectrum. He will be speaking about autism and the benefits of mindfulness.

Lindsay Ryan headshot; they are smiling at the camera and have long hair.

GRASP’s Vice President, Lindsay Ryan, has worked with GRASP as a volunteer support group facilitator and as VP for going on 8 years. They will be speaking about parenting Neurodiverse children as a Neurodiverse parent and will be offering practical parenting strategies from their personal and professional experiences.

A head shot photo of Sonia Chand standing on a busy city street. She is smiling and wearing a red flower pattern dress.

Sonia Chand will be speaking on the trials and tribulations of being an Indian-American woman who wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, now just known as ASD, until 20 years of age. She will be speaking about lessons learned along the way. 

Virtual Conference
Wednesday June 23, 2021
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Eastern time

Tickets are $100, additional contributions will be graciously accepted. 

Please RSVP by emailing
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(Scholarships and reduced ticket prices are available; please contact us at for information on how to RSVP for either.)