Best Practices in Autism Intervention
The Sage Colleges is pleased to present the third annual Autism conference to the local community. The theme of the 2015 conference is The Forgotten Curriculum: Sexuality and Individuals with ASD.
April 18, 2015
140 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
Keynote presentation by Dr. Pamela S. Wolfe, associate professor of special education at The Pennsylvania State University. Learn more about Dr. Wolfe »
Research abounds providing evidence of the difficulty for individuals with ASD in developing and maintaining social relationships. A great deal of time and attention has been giving to social skill curricula yet very little thought has been given to an equally important area of social development that requires focus and instruction, that of socio-sexuality. Historically, individuals with disabilities, including those with ASD, were deemed asexual, perpetual children, and/or uninterested in developing intimate relationships with others. Even though we now deem such stereotypes as unfounded, schools and agencies often neglect to teach individuals with ASD important information related to social and physiologic functions. Without such information, this population faces risks such as abuse, social isolation, and frustration. This session will discuss research related to curricular topics and methodologies for socio-sexuality instruction involving individuals having ASD. To understand current issues and challenges, the session will explore the historical perspective of sexuality education for individuals with disabilities, outline the current state of affairs, delineate future issues, and most importantly, solutions for this critical curricular domain.
Sage is offering select presentations from the 2014 conference. All presentations are available as PDF downloads.
The conference was videotaped for access by graduate students who participate in The Sage Colleges' renowned Center for Applied Behavior Analysis programs, which are offered entirely online.