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LGBTQIA+ on the Autism Spectrum

Date(s) - 11/03/2021
12:00 pm

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LGBTQIA+ on the Autism Spectrum: Information for Parents, Support Staff and Professionals

Being on the Autism Spectrum can be challenging enough for an individual. It’s even more difficult for someone with ASD who also identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Statistics show that the same if not more individuals with ASD consider themselves part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Those with ASD and LGBTQ report feelings of “not belonging” to either group or being “outcasts”. They report that their sexuality is ignored and not taken seriously. They also report being bullied, victimized, and discriminated against by others including staff and professionals that are supposed to support them. It is our duty as parents, staff, and professionals to become more educated and aware of the needs of those with ASD and LGBT so that we can better support them and advocate for them. This webinar will include statistics and research in the area of LGBTQ/ASD issues. It will review basic concepts to better understand LGBTQ needs in special populations and cover suggestions for educating others, teaching acceptance, and becoming better supporters and advocators for those on the spectrum and LGBTQIA+.

Target Audience:
Psychologists, Social Workers, Parents, BCBA’S, Registered Behavior Technicians, Teachers, Teachers Aides and anyone who works with children or adults on the autism spectrum

Joanne Capuano Sgambati, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Director of Long Island Psychological Services
Eden II Long Island Programs