2020 Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series

April 1, 2020

Webinar Series Description:

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of four webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. Topics will range from parent training to reducing disparities to treating mental health issues in people with ASD. We will also sponsor a special webinar aimed at the engagement of autism stakeholders in research and service initiatives.

Webinar Descriptions:

Community Engagement Science in ASD
Monday, April 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will describe community engagement science (CES), and why CES can be valuable to you and your work with people with ASD and beyond. Your and our applications of CES will be discussed. This is a participatory webinar; bring ideas, questions and share your story. Let's co-create a safe, brave space to spark meaningful engagement. Thus, grows curiosity, skills & conversations beyond today, into our target population, task or project - and engaging community!

Project ImPACT Evidence-Based Parent Training in ASD

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Project ImPACT is an evidenced-based parent-training curriculum that has been used to improve social communication skills in young children with ASD. This webinar will describe the program and will review the challenges and triumphs of moving from therapist-directed intervention models to parent-engaged models of care.

Family Navigation to Reduce Disparities in ASD
Monday, April 27, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is under-diagnosed and under-treated in young children, particularly minority and disadvantaged children. Even with routine ASD screening, many screen-positive children fail to receive the appropriate referral, evaluation, or services. Patient navigation, originally developed to address healthcare disparities, could facilitate referral, evaluation, and linkage to early intervention (EI) services. This project evaluated the effect of family navigation for children with positive ASD screening on referral, evaluation, and linkage to EI services.


Adaptations of CBT for people with ASD
Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will focus on the technique of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for people with ASD, as well as research findings related to efficacy. Current efforts to implement and disseminate CBT practices for youth with ASD will be emphasized.