In this webinar from DJ Savarese, learn about how you can develop self-directed supports to help you succeed in college.

Alliance board member DJ Savarese is the first alternatively communicating autistic to attend and graduate from a residential college out of state. In this webinar, he walks people through four kinds of self-directed supports he used as he took root and thrived at Oberlin College. 

Those four categories were: 1. financial; 2. social; 3. emotional; and 4. academic.

About DJ Savarese:

David James (DJ) Savarese is a poet, artful activist, public scholar, and practicing optimist.  

As a working board member of The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, he is spearheading a national collection of narratives and pathways entitled Lives-in-Progress. A poet and writer, he’s published widely, including his chapbook, A Doorknob for the Eye; a “Notable” Best American Essay entitled “Passive Plants;” and an insight piece entitled “Coming to My Senses.” (www.djsavarese.com). An artful activist, he is the co-producer, narrative commentator, and subject of the Peabody award-winning documentary Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery(www.Deejmovie.com) and founded Listen2Us: Writing Our Own Futures (www.Listen2Us.net) as an Open Society Foundation Human Rights Initiative Youth Fellow.  He is currently collaborating with artist Malcolm Corley and fellow poets, Claretta Holsey, Lateef McLeod, and Jorrell Watkins on a book of poetry and art forthcoming from PromptPress in fall 2021. A public scholar, he teaches and presents nationally on a range of topics. His autoethnographic study  “Unearthing the Tools (and Concepts) That Bury Us,” is forthcoming in a scholarly anthology in fall 2021, as is a collaboration with his father on life writing across genres. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, DJ is a practicing optimist who lives life as a meditation on hope. Before moving to Iowa City, DJ graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College (’17) with a double major in Anthropology and Creative Writing.