2022 Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series

April 1, 2022

Webinar Series Description:

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of three webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. Topics will range from social skills to mental health parity laws to suicide prevention. 

Webinar Descriptions:

Building a Lifespan Socialization Curriculum
Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

This presentation will discuss clinical and research approaches for developmentally anchored social skills supports across the lifespan. The growing literature on social skills suggests promising clinical and socio-cultural approaches with the potential to improve relationships and reduce the impact of accumulated social disability and isolation across development. We will briefly review the literature and present clinical applications that integrate recent discoveries on social cognitive, pragmatic language, and implementation sciences.

Your Personal Haven: Building a Sensory Lifestyle
Friday, April 15, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

This presentation blends first-person experiences with practical techniques to help identify and problem-solve for addressing sensory needs in a variety of contexts. Discuss how to develop low-tech, low-cost pre-emptive strategies and contingency plans for sensory needs!

What You Need to Know About Autism, Health Insurance, and Mental Health Parity Law
Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

There are multiple laws – at the state level in some states and at the federal level – that offer significant benefits to individuals with autism seeking insurance coverage for evidence-based care.  One such law is the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which passed Congress in 2008 but is only recently seeing enhanced enforcement for the benefit of consumers. Join us for a practical legal discussion tailored for the autism community on the protections offered by mental health parity laws. Learn what insurance practices are prohibited and what you should do if you encounter such prohibited practices. 

Warning Signs of Suicide and Crisis Supports for Autistic People
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Suicide is a leading cause of death in autistic people. Autistic people have significantly higher rates of suicidal thoughts, suicidal behaviors, and deaths by suicide than the general public. Warning signs of imminent suicidal behavior in the general public do not represent the unique needs of the autism community. Misunderstanding a suicide warning sign in an autistic individual can have devastating consequences. The presenters will describe warning signs of suicide for autistic people based on the latest research findings and expert consensus. They will also share information about crisis supports for this population.