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*This event is open to the public*

This is a live interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop.


Presenters: Gazi F. Azad, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)/New York State Psychiatric Institute. She also is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Aksheya Sridhar, M.A., is a 4th year doctoral student in the Clinical Science program in Psychology at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on implementing evidence-based practices developed for autistic children in community-based and low-resource settings, with a focus on children experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and from minoritized backgrounds. Explain how racism impacts access to accurate, timely, and quality autism assessment, diagnosis, and treatments.


CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs


Course Description: The first part of this session will outline the autism service pathway – from assessment to treatment – and the impact of racism on this process. Next, the presenter will provide an overview of the different concerns that parents from different racial backgrounds share about their children with ASD. The presenter will discuss concerns reported by Black, Hispanic, White, and Asian families and how this relates to symptom severity in children. Then, the presenter will discuss how race may impact treatment services. Finally, the presenters will outline specific and practical recommendations for autism practitioners, as well as provide training and educational resources related to anti-racist clinical practice.


Instructional Level: Intermediate


Learning Objectives: This workshop is designed to help participants:

1.  Discuss primary concerns reported by parents from different racial backgrounds during the ASD diagnosis process.

2.  Report on how parental concerns relate to children’s symptoms as observed by professionals.

3.  Outline actionable steps that ASD practitioners/professionals can take to develop skills and knowledge related to anti-racist clinical practice.


Target Populations:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Direct support professionals
  • Other community service providers
  • Speech/Physical/Occupational therapists
  • Students/trainees


Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding). The registration fees include: $55 registration fee will be charged for professionals, $15 registration for parents/caregivers/individuals with disabilities, and $10 for students/trainees workshop registrations.


There is no processing fee required for payment by check. Apply promo code "PAYBYCHECK” at checkout. All checks must be received five business days prior to the training. If you are paying by check, please write the date of the session on the memo line. For example: "SLS June 23"


Make check payable to: Kennedy Krieger Institute (In note section write "MCDD SLS June 23")


Mail check to: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: MCDD Training Program, 7000 Tudsbury Road, Baltimore, MD 21244


Kennedy Krieger Institute Employees:  If your department will be covering the cost of the training, please enter your budget code when prompted. Enter promo code "KKISTAFF" at checkout. Your total will go to $0.00 so that payment can be received via interdepartmental budget transfer.


Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be received by e-mail  seven business days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.


Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555.