Hub for Autism and Neurodiversity (HANd)

 HANd: an innovative hub that provides community-wide education, connects families and individuals to services and resources, and advocates for acceptance and understanding of autism and neurodiversity

2020-2021 Educational Series -- registration required  flyer button

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 Session 1: “Problem Behaviors and How to Help”

Idea: Participants watch training webinars at their own pace and then join an online discussion with local experts. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions and receive great advice!

Timeframe: Mid-September to Mid-October

Registration deadline: September 25

Online discussion dates: September 30, 2:30-3:45pm and October 15, 2:30-3:45pm


Session 2: “Right Here Right Now: A Self-care Deep Dive”

Idea: Families submit questions they want to get answered about self-care. Our presenter, Rosie Molinary (author and advocate), will create a presentation about self-care and will incorporate all the questions submitted.

 Timeframe to submit questions: October 15-31

Registration deadline: October 31

Presentation date: TBD, mid-November


Session 3: "Talking with your Kids: Developmental Disability and Sexuality." 

Idea: At their own pace, participants watch four training modules developed for parents of kids with developmental disabilities.  Particpants will join moderated discussions following modules 1 and 2 then modules 3 and 4. 

Timeframe: November – December

Registration deadline: November 15

Moderated discussion dates: November 19 and December 10


Session 4:  Book Club “Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's”

Idea: Participants read the NY Times Bestseller “Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's,” by John Elder Robison. After reading at their own pace, participants will join a lively online discussion about how our lives are enhanced through our experiences with ASD. The first 25 participants to sign up will receive a free copy of the book! 

Timeframe: January/February

Registration deadline: December 31

Online discussion: TBD, mid February


Session 5: Special Topic -- Nutrition -- "No If's, And's, or Gut's about it: GI Health and Picky Eating Strategies for Your Child on the Spectrum."

Idea: Participants attend an online lecture presented by Nutrition Students and Faculty. Following the lecture, participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions and get great advice immediately!

Registration deadline: March 15

Online discussion: TBD, early April