Autism Through the Cultural Lens of Neurodiversity

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"I really appreciated the combination of personal experience along with the scientific data!"

"Very powerful training to remove myths around autism."

"Thank you for so many strategies that offered concrete examples - and a variety of them!"

Your Training Description

Many people have a fixed idea of what autism looks like. Seeing autism through the cultural lens of neurodiversity opens the possibility for understanding beyond a medical model. Autism is a spectrum, and every individual has their own strengths and identities you can embrace and celebrate in your work with youth. Gain strategies to better support autistic individuals and be better prepared to help when an autistic youth faces barriers or challenges in your program.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a diverse condition that is a part of all communities
  • Learn about perspectives and experiences of autistic individuals to inform your youth work
  • Review ways youth workers can provide support for autistic individuals in shared spaces

Your Trainers


Jillian Nelson (she/her) is an autistic adult and the Community Resource and Policy Advocate for the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM). Jillian has a degree in human services and a diverse background in disability service work including DSP, special education, housing, employment supports, support groups and more. Jillian routinely connects with the community through AuSM’s information and resource hotline. She is ingrained in the disability public policy field as a registered lobbyist, and is co-chair of the consortium for citizens with disabilities anti-discrimination committee. Jillian has been appointed by the governor’s office to the Council on Developmental Disabilities and State Rehabilitation council. She also serves on many workgroups and committees.


Eric Ringgenberg (he/him) is the Education Program Director for the Autism Society of Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and a Master of Arts in Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of St. Thomas. Eric has extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum in multiple settings and capacities, as well as coordinating implementation of evidence-based practices. Additionally, Eric has experience training individuals, families, and professionals on a variety of topics related to ASD.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to embrace diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.