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Diversity in Neurodivergence: Girls and Women with Autism

January 12, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


In this program from the Focus on Family and Disability series, you’ll receive an overview of autism in girls and women, including an introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm and identity-first language. The presenter introduces autism from a feminist, strengths-based neurodiversity perspective and explores historical points of view on autism and gender. An in-depth look into the Female Autism Phenotype theory explains why girls and women with autism often go unrecognized and the consequences of under-diagnosis. Together, participants will discuss successes and challenges in their fields and collaborate on methods to improve gender-competent care for neurodivergent individuals who are cis-female, transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming.

Continuing Education Credit: 1 Hour
This program is available by Zoom livestream only.
Fee is waived for current UNC School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff. Contact Akshata Malur about scholarships and discounts.

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Meet The Presenter

Caroline M. Garrett, MSW, is a graduate of UNC School of Social Work and earned bachelor’s degrees in social work and psychology from Meredith College. They also completed the year-long Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) Traineeship in 2020. Garrett is an autistic self-advocate and weaves personal experiences into their research, advocacy work, and direct practice with people who have disabilities. They have worked with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities across the lifespan for five years and operates from lenses of neurodiversity, intersectionality, social justice, and anti-oppression. They are specifically interested in the intersection of autism, mental health, and gender and plan to pursue clinical licensure to focus on holistic, person-centered mental healthcare with neurodivergent individuals.


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January 12, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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United States


Akshata Malur