Autism Speaks hosts international autism advocacy conference
On April 27-28, 2021, Autism Speaks hosted autism advocates and stakeholders from 46 countries to discuss their efforts to promote greater autism awareness, acceptance and understanding and improve the lives of families affected by autism throughout the world.
Participants at the Autism Speaks Advocacy Leadership Network 4th biennial conference included families, professionals and government representatives from autism advocacy organizations worldwide.
“Given the global upheaval of the past year due to the pandemic, we were grateful for the opportunity to come together with our international partners to share how individual communities have responded to support autistic people,” said Andy Shih, Ph.D., senior vice president of public health and inclusion at Autism Speaks.
Over the two day conference, participants heard updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF about the Caregiver Skills Training (CST) program, which trains parents and caregivers in communities with few or no autism care resources, and other policy updates around developmental delays and disabilities.
Presenters also included autistics discussing their priorities and experience in different countries as well as families who have participated in the CST program. Discussions also addressed how the global COVID-19 response and recovery activities affected individuals, families and professionals the autism community.
Welcome and Introductions
Caregiver Skills Training Program Updates
Caregivers Panel Discussion
Break with Dr. Stephen Shore
Caregiver Skills Training Telehealth adaptations
Q&A and Closing Remarks
World Report on Developmental Delay, Disorders and Disabilities
Self-Advocates Panel Discussion
Jazz Piano with Matt Savage
Family Needs Assessment Survey for WHO/UNICEF World Report
Nigerian Autism Screening Questionnaire Panel Discussion