Public Health PDX Style #9: Neurodiversity: Rethinking Autism

Approximately 1 in 68 U.S. children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability that affects social communication, sensory processing, and scope of interests. As children on the autism spectrum enter adolescence and adulthood, there is a growing appreciation of the needs and perspectives of adults who have already been diagnosed, and who know what it’s like to live in a world where they are the minority. Adults on the autism spectrum have asked business leaders, health care and educational providers, public health advocates, researchers and community members to rethink autism, not as a deficit to be fixed, but rather as a source of human variation that should be appreciated, accommodated and supported.

Hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, this forum will feature Dora Raymaker, Ph.D., assistant professor, Portland State University School of Social Work, and co-director, Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education, Christina Nicolaidis, M.D., M.P.H, professor, Portland State Univeristy School of Social Work; associate professor, OHSU Department of Medicine and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health; co-director, Academic Autism Specturm Partnership in Research and Education; and Editor-in-Chief, Autism in Adulthood, and Katharine Zuckerman, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., associate professor of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and affiliate associate professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

These events are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome and we encourage you to invite friends, family, students and co-workers to join the discussion with the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.