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Banner for NIMH special event for autism awareness month. Includes the 4 members of the Aspergers Are Us Comedy Troupe.

NIMH Special Event for Autism Awareness Month

An Afternoon of Comedy with Asperger’s Are Us

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) is pleased to invite you to our annual special event to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. This year we are hosting Asperger’s Are Us, the first comedy troupe composed entirely of people diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (autism).

meeting announcement Event Information
Topic Topic Description
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Cost: The event is free and open to the public.
Access: This is a virtual event and will be accessible via
If you experience technical problems, please e-mail
Disability Accommodations: Captioning will be available. Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event may contact Rebecca Martin at or 301-435-0886. Please make accommodation requests 7 business days prior to the event. The event is recommended for ages 13 and up.

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meeting agenda Agenda
Time Event
 2:00 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Autism Research Coordination, NIMH and Executive Secretary, IACC
Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D. Deputy Director, NIMH
 2:10 p.m.
Introduce Asperger’s Are Us
 2:20 p.m.
 3:00 p.m.
Q & A
 3:25 p.m.
Closing Remarks
 3:30 p.m.

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meeting speakers About Asperger’s Are Us

Asperger's Are Us is the first comedy troupe composed entirely of people diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. The group met in 2005 when Noah Britton was a camp counselor for New Michael Ingemi, Jack Hanke, and Ethan Finlan. Since 2010, they have written and performed over 150 original sketch comedy shows in 10 countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. Their comedic style focuses on deadpan wordplay and dark absurdism. Their self-titled documentary Asperger’s Are Us debuted on Netflix in 2016, and their six-part documentary series On Tour with Asperger's Are Us aired on HBO in 2019.

You can learn more about Asperger's Are Us on their website:

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meeting webcast Event Video

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