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An Extraordinary Event for Extraordinary People

April 6th, 2019

9:30am – 4:00pm

Queens Sports Complex | 2229 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210

We are thrilled to announce that a portion of our proceeds will be donated to Psychology for All, whose mission is to increase access to psychological services.

What is AspieCon?

AspieCon is everything you love about comic book and pop culture conventions, combined with the best aspects of a community resource fair. It celebrates the incredibly diverse interests of individuals on the autism spectrum while also providing valuable resources and support for our awesome Aspies and Auties, their families, and their friends.  This interactive, “out of the box” event is dedicated to building a strong community and empowering individuals on the autism spectrum.

All are welcome to experience our world!

The Aspire team at Southeast Psych invites you to join us at the third annual AspieCon!

Explore the site to learn more!

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 Event Schedule for 2019

We’re so excited!

Star Wars fans, we’ve got something really incredible in store for you!  Troopers of the 501st Legion will be representing the Galactic Empire and its interests at AspieCon, so watch out, Rebel scum!  Stormtroopers of the Carolina Garrison are always willing to take pictures with you when not on patrol, and we’re excited to have them joining us!

Carolina Ocampo, an illustration student at UNCC, blends traditional cartoon drawing with modern anime styles.  Please stop by her table and support this up-and-coming artist!

Chuck Carte
 is an artist, writer, director, comedian, and cosplayer from the Charlotte area. He is the founder of Carolina TARDIS, an organization that raises money for charity, and is one half of the Sci-Fried Eggs, a science fiction based podcast. Carte is a prop builder of both large and small scale props including prosthetics, costumes, weapons, and vehicles.  Find his table outside next to his TARDIS!

Theresa Lopez is a 22 year-old aspiring illustrator attending UNC Charlotte who enjoys making traditional fan art.  Specializing in Pokémon and Disney, Theresa’s whimsical and creative style leaps off the page.  Make sure you visit her table!

We’re excited and honored to have some of our favorite superheroes on-hand at AspieCon!  Captain America, Black Widow, Phoenix, Doctor Strange, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Mary Poppins are taking the day to meet with all of our attendees, so come find them in our Meet and Greet area for pictures and super high-fives!  Capes not required, but certainly a lot of fun.

Need a quiet spot to take a break from the excitement of the con? The Cool Down Tent will be available for kids and adults alike to practice mindfulness.

We’ll be making several different crafts throughout the day, giving you a chance to get hands-on and creative!

Dr. Megan Connell and friends will be your Dungeon Masters for the day, leading you through a campaign with your fellow con-goers.  Beginners to experienced players are welcome to join the party and take part in this adventure!

Hey, Ghostbusters fans!  Our friend, Barrie Clark, is bringing his Ecto-1, a fully modified mid-century Cadillac Miller-Meteor, complete with equipment, sirens, and ghost containment unit.  The attention to detail on this car is extraordinary, and Barrie will be on-hand throughout the day to answer questions and share his interest in and passion for the paranormal!

Looking for something a little more fuel-efficient?  We’ll have an Ecto-0.5 on site, too, a Toyota Prius that does double-duty as an everyday vehicle and an Ectomobile!

Ask the Experts: Professionals’ Perspectives on the Spectrum – Our panel of psychological experts will discuss such topics as: what to expect in therapy, common family difficulties, treatment options and new findings in research, with plenty of time for your questions and discussion.

Becoming Your Own Advocate
 – Our experts will discuss ways to speak up for accommodations you may need, when and how to ask for them, and can help answer questions.

Behind the Screens: World-Building Workshop – Ever wanted to run your own tabletop game?  This panel will help guide Dungeon Masters to build games and approach storytelling in an established world. 

Fandoms Reborn: The 30 Year Challenge – It seems like everything old is new again!  Our panelists will discuss how and why things are getting re-made, and what impact it has on current pop culture. 

The Impact of Anime in Fanworks – Our panelists will take a look into the impact Anime has had on other genres of pop culture, from its origins to the global impact the artform has had in the last several decades.  

Relationships and the Spectrum – Our experts will discuss relationships and partnerships with those on the spectrum, including how to navigate communication differences, how to support one another’s special interests, and how to interpret social cues.

Sew Into Our Fandoms – Gotten started in cosplay and want to take your costumes to the next level?  Charlotte-area cosplayers, costumers, and character performers will be sharing ideas, tips, and tricks with you about how to transform yourself and make the most out of a con!

Siblings of those on the Spectrum – Our guest speakers and experts will discuss family dynamics, with balancing the needs of their child on the spectrum with the needs of their sibling(s), making sure that each child has the support and encouragement they need.

Turning Your Passion into a Career – Doing what you love is the dream of almost anyone.  Our panel of experts discusses how they have turned their hobbies and passions into careers or side jobs that allow them to do what they love while still earning a living.

Whovians – The Doctor has landed!  The Carolina TARDIS, built by Chuck Carte and Drew Magee, will be on-hand at AspieCon this year!  The stunning blue Police Box often attends conventions and special events, and makes a fantastic photo-op.  Whether you’re The Doctor, a Companion, or just a fan of time travel, don’t miss the Carolina TARDIS!

Merely Players is bringing three rounds of trivia to the con, so get your team ready!  We’ll be asking 10 questions per round – DC vs. Marvel, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, and Fun and Games.  Prizes will be awarded to each round’s winning team!

Twitch gamer Mikki Marvel will be live-streaming games throughout the day, and we invite you to come watch and ask questions as she kicks butt and takes names!

Hey, gamers!  We’re bringing Xbox 1 consoles and games for you to kick back and relax, so come enjoy Lego Marvel Superheroes, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Minecraft on your own or with friends!

We welcome everyone to cosplay at AspieCon, so dress as your favorite character!

Guidelines to help you with your choices can be found by clicking

AspieCon’s Event, Costume, and Prop Policy

AspieCon is thankful to our exhibitors for 2019!

We are so grateful for everything our awesome exhibitors do to make this event special!

Any organization or business offering resources, services, and products that would be of interest and benefit to individuals on the spectrum is welcome to participate as an exhibitor.

For information about becoming an exhibitor, click below.

Sponsors

The Aspire team at Southeast Psych is excited to bring the third annual AspieCon to Charlotte

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