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DEI Book Club: Unmasking Autism by Devin Price, Ph.D.

  • Thursday, March 02, 2023
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • 5 sessions
  • Thursday, March 02, 2023, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM (CST)
  • Thursday, March 09, 2023, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM (CST)
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Thursday, March 23, 2023, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Online



Jump into our Zoom room as we dig into our next DEI Book Club pick! Everyone is welcome to join us.

About the Book

For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless “masked” Autistic people who pass as neurotypical. Masking is a common coping mechanism in which Autistic people hide their identifiably Autistic traits in order to fit in with societal norms, adopting a superficial personality at the expense of their mental health. This can include suppressing harmless stims, papering over communication challenges by presenting as unassuming and mild-mannered, and forcing themselves into situations that cause severe anxiety, all so they aren’t seen as needy or “odd.” In Unmasking Autism, Dr. Devon Price shares his personal experience with masking and blends history, social science research, prescriptions, and personal profiles to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in. For Dr. Price and many others, Autism is a deep source of uniqueness and beauty. Unfortunately, living in a neurotypical world means it can also be a source of incredible alienation and pain. Most masked Autistic individuals struggle for decades before discovering who they truly are.

About the Author

Devon Price, PhD, is a social psychologist, professor, author, and proud Autistic person. His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Positive Psychology. Devon’s writing has appeared in outlets such as the Financial Times, HuffPost, Slate, Jacobin, Business Insider, LitHub, and on PBS and NPR. He lives in Chicago, where he serves as an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Why Attend?

Career Advancement: Being at the forefront of DEI work is critical for current and aspiring leaders of all types of organizations. The intentional networking that happens during a professional Book Club offers opportunities for growth, development, and connection around topic areas that become translatable to resumes and career advancement. 

Camp Advancement: Book Clubs offer organizations an opportunity to develop new skills and understanding of the topic presented, and to consult with other professionals on how they navigate these topics in their own organization. As organizations continue to navigate creating inclusive spaces for their campers and staff, this book club will provide an opportunity to learn how other organizations are adapting their policies and programs to be more anti-racist. Sure, you could read the book by yourself, but reading and discussing with others helps to reinforce the subject matter and create actionable plans, solutions, & policies that will benefit your camp!

Accreditation: The topic of this Book Club directly relates to many camps’ statements or philosophies specific to respecting the rights and dignity of all individuals. (CR-1.)

DFI Title XX: This event will help DFI Title XX camps meet the requirements for funding related to non-discrimination. 

What to Bring/ How to Prepare

If your registration comes with a book, your book will be mailed between February 12-20, 2022 to the address provided during registration. Shipping addresses cannot be changed after February 1. Books can only be shipped within the United States. Registered participants will be provided access to the private Book Club Services Portal page after February 21st. Participants will be notified by email when they have been provided access to the page.

Location/Style of Event

This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.

The Fine Print

You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact prior to registering.

By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies.

This event includes a special price for current ACA Illinois Members and DFI Title XX Partner Agencies. If membership or partnership status changes between time of registration and event, the registrant will be invoiced and responsible for the remaining balance due. If you have questions about if you qualify for these special rates, please reach out to

How to Register

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Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-0833



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