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FALL 2021

Chaturi Edrsinha, Ph.D., BCBA-D. “Navigating Sexuality for The ASD Population and Building a Sexuality Curriculum Across the Lifespan.”

Thursday December 2, 2021 at 4-6 p.m. on Zoom.

Chaturi Edrisinha is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Child Studies at Oakland University

Chaturi Edrisinha, PHD, BCBA-D, LBA-MI
Associate Professor in Human Development and Child Studies at Oakland University

About The Event

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may face challenges throughout their lives related to understanding their changing bodies, physical urges, and sexuality. From young children’s issues such as discovering their anatomy to puberty and beyond, persons with ASD often have questions on how to navigate sexuality.

As clinicians and educators many of us struggle with simple questions such as how can you explain appropriate vs. inappropriate behaviors? How do you explain dating and relationships? how can you help a person with ASD maintain their dignity and quality of life when it comes to issues of sexuality? How can you support an adult with ASD engage in safe, consensual and legal sexual behaviors?

We will discuss these topics, a sexuality curriculum, as well as offer strategies that may help you address these issues in your clinical practice and educational settings.

This event is open to the public. BCBAs can earn 1.5 Type 2 (Learning) CEs. There is a $15 fee for those earning CE credits (the fee is waived for UMass Lowell affiliates including alumni, student supervisors etc.). The event is free for all others.

CEU: If you are planning on receiving the 1.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for the event, we will be using CEUHelper to sign attendees in and out, as well as deliver the CE Certificate after the event. If you have not used CEUHelper before, please make sure you download the app prior to the event.

Navigating Sexuality for the ASD Population & Building a Sexuality Curriculum Across the Lifespan Online Registration

Questions?

Please feel free to contact Rebecca Markovits by email: rebecca_markovits@uml.edu with any questions.

This event is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies and the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies program.

Leslie Hughes, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, presents "Transition Training"

Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

About The Event

This workshop will address the transition planning and services required for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 training and will focus on the transition special education services needed to prepare youth for employment, independent living, and further education. This training will also address compensatory services during COVID-19 to address transition needs and how to ensure districts fully address your child’s transition needs during the recovery. Using case examples, parents and professionals will learn strategies that can help students receive important transition services required by special education laws, preparing youth to live, learn, and work in the community when they exit special education. The workshop will also provide information about the transition to the adult human service system, including Chapter 688, the state law that helps plan for youth with disabilities after they leave school.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please email ashleigh_hillier@uml.edu to receive the Zoom link and any updates.

This event is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies, the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, the Autism Studies program, and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.

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