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Autism 202: A Voice for Severe Autism

Join us for Autism 202: A Voice for Severe Autism, a virtual presentation by Jill Escher, President of National Council of Severe Autism, and Amy Lutz, Vice President of National Council of Severe Autism.

The presentation will cover:

  • What is meant by severe autism
  • The dramatically growing prevalence of severe autism, and implications for policy
  • Challenges: therapeutics, appropriate education, adult programs, housing, crisis support
  • The importance of advocacy and standing up for difficult realities

Many millions of people have traits associated with autism. This presentation will focus on important issues and concerns impacting the growing population of children and adults affected by severe forms of autism or related disorders. This population includes those who, by virtue of any combination of cognitive and functional impairments, require continuous or near-continuous, lifelong services, supports, and supervision. Individuals in this category are often nonverbal or have limited use of language, have intellectual impairment, and, in a subset, exhibit challenging behaviors that interfere with safety and well-being.

Due to the reasonable caution surrounding reducing the spread of COVID-19, this month’s Autism 200 lecture will be streamed live through Facebook Live on Seattle Children’s, Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center’s Facebook pages. There will be no in-person attendance. Thanks to everyone for your understanding. Further announcements regarding future Autism 200 lectures will be forthcoming.

If you are unable to watch the stream live, a video of the presentation will be available immediately after the lecture on Seattle Children’s, Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center’s Facebook pages. It will also be available in the future on Seattle Children’s Autism 200 Series YouTube playlist.

Learn more about Seattle Children’s Autism 200 Series Lectures.

 

Date: Thursday Feb 18, 2021

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm Pacific Time

 

Presenter bios:

Jill Escher is an autism research philanthropist (Escher Fund for Autism), real estate investor who provides low-income housing for adults with developmental disabilities, former lawyer, and mother of two children with nonverbal autism. In her role as an advocate, she serves as president of National Council on Severe Autism, and immediate past president of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area. In her role as a promoter of innovative research she was recently elected to serve on the governing council of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society. Escher is a graduate of Stanford University and the UC Berkeley School of Law.  Most importantly she is the mother of two children, a 22 year old man and a 14 year-old girl, with nonverbal forms of autism.

Amy S.F. Lutz is an advocate and writer based in Pennsylvania. Amy’s work has been featured in The Atlantic, Slate and Babble, among others, and she writes about autism at Inspectrum for Psychology Today. Her essay collection We Walk: Life with Severe Autism was published in October 2020, and her first book, Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children came out in 2014She is currently pursuing a PhD in History and Sociology of Science at University of Pennsylvania. She is the mother of five children, one of whom has a severe form of autism.

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2021

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2021 – Advocating for Supports and Services in WA State

A call to action!

2020 was a tough year: Kids lost access to vital therapies; online learning mostly left behind students with disabilities; and the state floated cuts to long-term supports that would affect job coaching, residential support, respite and more for youths and adults with disabilities and their families. Individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities were left isolated, frustrated, and cut off from meaningful life activities. So what’s ahead for 2021 and the state legislature? You can make a difference! How to get involved to influence what happens next.

Panelists:

Stacy Dym, The Arc of Washington State
Jeremy Norden-Paul, The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
Adana Protonentis, Sr. consultant Kindred Leaders, mom of autistic son, member of DDC
Ramona Hattendorf, Advocacy Director, The Arc of King County

 

This month’s Autism 200 lecture will be available through Facebook Live on Seattle Children’s and Seattle Children’s Autism Center’s Facebook pages.             

                      
Date: January 21, 2021
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pacific time

Time will be reserved for audience questions and discussion at the end of the lecture. Questions can be submitted through the comments on the Facebook Live.

Due to the reasonable caution surrounding reducing the spread of COVID-19, this month’s Autism 200 lecture will be only available online through Facebook Live. Please note that there will be no in-person attendance and anyone coming to the hospital will not be permitted entrance to this class. Thanks to everyone for your understanding. Further announcements regarding future Autism 200 lectures will be forthcoming.

The full Autism 200 Series will be released in the coming weeks. Learn more about and view Seattle Children’s Autism 200 Series: Autism 200 Series

Autism 210: Multicultural Perspectives on Autism

Please join us for Autism 210: A Panel Discussion: Multicultural Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder on November 19, 2020

Moderator: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP, Seattle Children’s Autism Center Read full post »

Autism 209 – Crisis Supports & Autistic Individuals Without Intellectual Impairment

Please join us for Autism 209: Crisis Supports and Autistic Individuals Without Intellectual Impairment, on October 15, 2020

Facilitator: Gary Stobbe, MD, Seattle Children’s Autism Center

When faced with a crisis, where do autistic individuals turn for support, treatment, services and stabilization? Many autistics Read full post »

Autism 208 – How to Access and Implement ABA Services in Schools

Join us for “Autism 208: How to Access and Implement ABA Services in Schools,” a virtual event providing background information about the current state of applied behavior analysis (ABA) practices in our school systems as well as an overview of what these services may look like. Read full post »