Level Up: Engaging Autistic Partnerships

This spring, join us as we learn about community-based participatory research (CBPR). What is it, and why is it so important? What are some ways we can meaningfully engage autistic stakeholders as we design, implement, and disseminate our own work? In this series, we highlight successful partnerships and explore effective participatory models to authentically collaborate with autistic partners.

Participatory Research with Autistic Adults
Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH

Dr. Nicolaidis will kick off this series with an overview of participatory research models we can use to effectively engage autistic stakeholders. She will then offer practical examples, lessons learned, and recommendations from her work conducted with AASPIRE ( and other research partnerships spanning the past two decades.
HEARTS: A healthy relationships class for autistic people co-taught with autistic teachers
Emily F. Rothman, ScD, Laura Graham Holmes, PhD, and Reid Caplan

This healthy relationships class was developed with a neurodiversity framework in mind. Learn about what happened when the creators collaboratively designed and facilitated the classes using autistic/non-autistic co-teaching teams.

Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engage Together (AASET) for Suicide Prevention
Stephen Shore, EdD, Teal Benevides, PhD, MS, OTR/L, Brenna Maddox, PhD, and Shari Jager-Hyman, PhD

Suicide is a leading cause of premature death for autistic individuals. Learn how this research team is evaluating the effectiveness of suicide prevention interventions by engaging autistic individuals and their family members as research partners. Strategies to promote meaningful partnerships will be discussed.
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