Autism Speaker Series

Join us on Apr 12th to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month!

Trabian Shorters, NYT best-selling author, presents "Asset Framing for Equity & Autism."

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Shorters is founder and CEO of the nonprofit social impact network BMe Community and an international authority on the cognitive framework called “Asset-Framing®.” Shorters is a retired tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author and former vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

On April 12th at 4:00 pm, Shorters will share how Asset-Framing® defines individuals by their aspirations and contributions, equips communities to have greater social impact, engages broader populations, and makes stronger cases for equity and systems change. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear Shorters apply his perspective to the topic of autism and neurodiversity.

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  • May 3, 2023 - Dora Raymaker, PhD, Portland State Universityseries logo

Autism Speaker Series presentations are not recorded. 

  • Feb. 1, 2023 - Kristen Bottema-Beutel, PhD, Boston College, "Reflections on Ableism, Language, and Autism Research"
  • Jan. 4, 2023 - John Constantino, MD, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, "ADHD and the Path from Genes to Brain to Behavior in Autism"
  • Dec 7, 2022 - Jessica Bradshaw, PhD, University of South Carolina, "Infant Predictors of Social Communication & Autism: A Developmental Cascades Perspective"
  • Nov 2, 2022 - Steven Kapp, PhD, University of Portsmouth,"Strengths of Speech Delay: Unmasking the Sensorimotor Complexity of Autism"
  • Oct 5, 2022 - Jennifer McLaren, PhD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, "The Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"
  • Sept 7, 2022 - Giacomo Vivanti, PhD, AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University, "Applying a Public Health Approach to Autism Early Intervention: A Framework for Action"
  • June 2, 2022 - Brian Boyd, PhD, University of Kansas, "Understanding Implicit Racial Bias within the Context of ASD"
  • May 4, 2022 - Brenna Maddox, PhD, University of North Carolina, and Lisa Morgan, M.Ed., CAS, "Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Suicide Prevention for Autistic People"
  • April 14, 2022 - Rep. Jennifer Benham, D-PA, Keynote Presentation for 2022 Autism Acceptance Month, "Overcoming Stigma, Not Autism: Why Being Autistic Makes Me a Great Legislator"
  • March 2, 2022 - John Strang, PsyD, Children's National Hospital, "The Intersection of Autism and Gender Diversity"
  • Feb. 2, 2022 - Sudha Arunachalam, PhD, New York University, and Rhiannon Luyster, PhD, Emerson College, "Learning Words from Overheard Language in Children on the Spectrum"
  • Jan. 5, 2022 - Sophy Kim, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical Center, "Tracking Treatment Response in Children with ASD" 
  • Dec. 1, 2021 - Matthew Lerner, PhD, State University of New York Stony Brook, "Catch Me If You Can: Novel Mechanisms of Social Functioning and Intervention in Youth with ASD"
  • Nov. 3, 2021 - Staci Bilbo, PhD, Duke University, "Microglia, Microbes, & Development of the Social Brain: Implications for ASD" 
  • Oct. 6, 2021 - Maya Corneille, PhD., Co-Director, Collective Health and Education Equity Research, "Approaches for Building Equity and Empowerment for Families with Autistic Children"
  • Sept. 1, 2021 - Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University, "The Stanford Neurodiversity Project: A Multi-faceted Approach to Advance Neurodiversity Advocacy and Research in Academic Psychiatry"
  • May 12, 2021 - Danai Fannin, PhD., NC Central University, "Rural Health Disparities in ASD"
  • March 3, 2021 - Jill Locke, PhD, University of Washington, "Applying Implementation Science Methods to Support Evidence-based Practice Use for Children with Autism in Schools"
  • Feb. 3, 2021 - Giulia Righi, PhD, Brown University, "A Partial Hospital Program for Children & Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities & Psychiatric Co-morbidities: Lessons from the Trenches" 
  • Jan. 6, 2021 - Vanessa Bal, PhD, Rutgers University, "Assessment of Minimally Verbal Children and Adults" 
  • Dec. 2, 2020 - Fred Shic, PhD, University of Washington, "Visual Attention in ASD: Explorations Across Development" 
  • Nov. 4, 2020 - Darren Hedley, PhD, La Trobe University, "From Employment to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Reflecting on Five Years of Research with Autistic Adults"
  • Oct. 7, 2020 - Chris Chatham, PhD, & Kevin Sanders, MD, Roche,“Challenges in Developing Novel Interventions for Autism at the Global Scale”