AIR-P Presents: Skillflix: A Community-Engaged Process to Create Short Videos that Enhance Skills Across Populations

AIR-P Presents: Skillflix: A Community-Engaged Process to Create Short Videos that Enhance Skills Across Populations

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024
4:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description

In this webinar, the research team will tell the story of a community-engaged, academic-industry partnership to create online video libraries for autistic young adults and parents of autistic youth. Our first collaboration was a video library presenting short, 2 minute “Microskills” videos to help parents gain the skills needed to talk to autistic youth about sexual and reproductive health and relationships. Building on the success of that project, our second project is an online video library for autistic young adults interested in enhancing skills in relationships, employment, self-advocacy, and more – all areas that our advisory group of autistic young people requested. We will describe how we collaboratively designed the scripts with autistic people and parents, hire autistic actors for our videos, and plan to evaluate the programs via innovative methods such as conversational coding and roleplays. Join the conversation about community-engaged research, sexuality, and academic-industry-partnerships for enhancing health among autistic people across the lifespan.



Laura Graham Holmes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY. Her research focus is collaborating with autistic people to build evidence of unmet support needs around under-researched aspects of life such as sexual and reproductive health, healthy relationships, substance use disorder, and health disparities among sexually-diverse and gender-diverse autistic people, and translating those findings and community priorities into accessible interventions to enhance health and quality of life for autistic people.


Lane Edwards, MPH, is a Project Director and Co-Investigator at dfusion, a public health company that creates digital health innovations. Lane received their master's in maternal, child, and adolescent health from the Tulane School of Public Health, where they focused on sexual and reproductive health and LGBTQ health and wellness. At dfusion, Lane has directed a number of online learning projects to build parent skills for discussing sexual health with their children with IDD, young adults on the autism spectrum working to build relationships and communication skills, and pharmacy staff selling non-prescription syringes to reduce bloodborne disease. Lane is leading the SkillFlix for Autistic Young Adult project.


BA Laris, MPH, is a Senior Program Manager and Principal Investigator at dfusion. BA has decades of experience in sexual and reproductive health program and product development, as well as research and evaluation. She has led countless local, state and national projects to improve skills for health, using her skills of community engagement. She currently directs the SkillFlix for Parents of Youth on the Autism Spectrum research and development project which aims to build the skills of parents to talk with their teens about healthy relationships and sexuality.


Regina Firpo-Triplett, MPH, MCHES, has a deep background in in-person and remote skill development strategies for sex educators, parents, young people, and other professionals. She has served as PI on over a dozen NIH SBIR studies related to building skills, as well as studies funded by CDC, NIDILRR, CA MCAH and others. Her family is rich with neurodiversity and in recent years has inspired her interest in skill-building for autistic young people and their parents. Regina is the CEO of the innovative public health small business, dfusion, which creates digital innovations for health.


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