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According to the CDC, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States. Chances are, if you do not already know an autistic person, you will likely meet someone on the spectrum in the future. This course will explore the historical and current understanding of autism, demonstrate how autism impacts an individual and their family, and introduce course members to best practices for supporting autistic people in their own lives. Through lecture, discussion, and
guest speakers, the goal of this course is to promote awareness, acceptance, and understanding of the autism community for those who may be less familiar with this world. Study group members do not need to have prior knowledge of or experience with autism, but those who do are also welcome! People who have found this course to be helpful have included grandparents of autistic children, former teachers, and interested community members. We take a strengths-based, pro-neurodiversity approach and draw heavily from the work and perspectives of autistic scholars and advocates.

Autism in 2024
Simone Dufresne, Tufts Graduate Student
4 Thursdays, 10am - 12pm (6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27)
Class will be held virtually on zoom.

Affiliated With:

University College