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Autism and the LGBTQIA+ Community

March 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

A training discussing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the LGBTQIA+ community.

About this Event

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Winter Training Series

Register today for the live virtual training “Autism and the LGBTQIA+ Community,” presented by Sharon Conty, MS, CCC-SLP, and Sarah Michaels, LMSW. Educators, clinicians, researchers, and other healthcare professionals working in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) field will gain valuable knowledge and increase their understanding of ASD. Professionals will have the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for a small fee.

Family members and community members of children and adolescents with ASD are also welcome to register.

Training Description:

This training will discuss research regarding the relationship between autism spectrum disorder (ASD), diversity in gender, and diversity in sexual orientation. Additionally, this training will also explain how to best support individuals in these communities in meeting emotional, social, and treatment needs.


  1. Educate caregivers on how to best support an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with diversity in gender and/or diversity in sexual orientation.
  2. Educate providers on how to best support families with a member in the LGBTQIA+ community with ASD.

CEUs Offered:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Social Work (SW)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

About the Speakers:

Sarah Michaels, LMSW, is a clinical social worker, specializing in behavioral health. She has worked in Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism for three years and completed her field work at CARD and PACT. Sarah’s areas of study include support of individuals with developmental diversity and empowerment of individuals experiencing oppression and marginalization, with a particular focus on supporting those in the LGBTQIA+ community and Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Sharon Conty, MS, CCC-SLP, has been a speech-language pathologist for 11 years, working mostly with children with autism spectrum disorders. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Towson University. Sharon is currently a speech-language pathologist at CARD and specializes in non-verbal and minimally verbal children with devices and speech disorders, as well as children with reading comprehension difficulties.


Visit us online at www.KennedyKrieger.org/CARD or contact Hanah Tanenholtz at CARDOutreachandTraining@KennedyKrieger.org.