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Autism and the LGBTQIA+ Community

CARD Winter Training Series

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Sharon Conty and Sarah Michaels will present the training  “Autism and the LGBTQIA+ Community” as part of the CARD Winter Training Series, a special virtual live and on-demand event, on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Healthcare professionals and researchers working in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) field, family members, and community members are all welcome to register at Professionals will be able to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for a small fee. 

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.


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

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.


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Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) does not take responsibility for information shared in this public event. Please keep all questions general and do not disclose personal health information (PHI).

Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

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