This month’s Autism 200 series class is Autism 205: Gender Diversity and Autism: Exploring Identity, Healthcare and Advocacy

Instructors: Felice Orlich, PhD and Rachel Earl, PhD

Individuals may identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex at birth or may not identify with traditional definitions of male or female genders. Given societal pressures for gender conformity, gender diverse children, adolescents and young adults may face particular challenges navigating their communities in a way that feels true to their affirmed gender identity, which can cause significant distress and mental health risks. The experience of being gender diverse in the context of autism is not well understood at this time, and is an area of important study for researchers and clinicians looking to provide personalized, gender-affirming care to patients and their families. We will review what is currently known about gender identity development for individuals with autism, balanced gender-affirming healthcare considerations and supports for patients and families. We will also discuss community resources and self-advocacy for those navigating gender diversity and autism.

Class Schedule: This class will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please join us in person or watch on Facebook live. For more information see the  Autism 200 Series webpage.