Diversity in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Monday, March 18, 2019 from 9:00am - 10:00am
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 09:00 AM until 10:00 AM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Contact Person
Anna Costalas
Support Phone
(301) 588-8252
Support Email
Support Website
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Brian Be, Maria Mercedes Avila, Caroline Coffield, Bryn Harris

Training Overview Description

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group is pleased to present the 2019 winter webinar series. The goal is to share new and breaking work across each area from AUCD-supported programs across the country in brief accessible presentations tied together across a common topic, and to support conversation around each. Please join us to hear about national work and discuss issues pertinent to diversity issues in autism spectrum disorder. Brian Be, an artist, self-advocate, peer mentor and LEND fellow with The University of Colorado will moderate a three expert panel presentation and facilitate questions and comments from webinar participants.

Event-specific Details


Brian Be is an artist, self-advocate, peer mentor and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow with The University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus and JFK Partners, Inc. His LEND community project called H.I. (Having InterDependence) is about getting people with and without disabilities to lead and follow each other as they explore creative ways to interact. The workshops / classes foster us to be creative, observe and engage each other through live arts and games often used in theater, dance /movement, and improvisation.


Maria Mercedes Avila is an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VT LEND) Program, has been appointed Health Equity Inclusive Excellence Liaison in the University of VT (UVM) College of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Avila also serves as adjunct faculty in the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has served as chair of the AUCD Multicultural Council and currently serves on the AUCD Board of Directors. Dr. Avila has provided culturally responsive care and practice training to more than 3,500 providers across 46 organizations and 9 states.

Caroline Coffield is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Preservice Training at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Jersey’s UCEDD. She is the Training Director of the New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) Program and coordinates the Seminar on Family Centered Care and Developmental Disabilities, a required component of the pediatric clerkship for all third-year medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Coffield’s research interests include a variety of disability specific topics such as health disparities in diagnosis and access to care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, transition to adult healthcare, and impact of education and training about developmental disabilities on future healthcare providers. Dr. Coffield obtained her doctorate in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2010.

Bryn Harris is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology doctoral program in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. She has a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics (Developmental Pediatrics) at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Her primary research interests include the psychological assessment of bilingual learners, health disparities among bilingual children, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder, and improving mental health access and opportunity within traditionally underserved populations. Dr. Harris is the director and founder of the bilingual school psychology program at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also a bilingual (Spanish) licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist.

There is NO cost for this webinar.
CEUs are not offered for this webinar.

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For disability accommodations email Anna Costalas or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.
This webinar will be archived.

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behavioral Health/Mental Illness
All Behavioral Health / Social
All Child Welfare
All Developmental Disabilities
All Direct Support Services/Care Givers
All Education K-12 & Postsecondary faculty, staff, and students

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