Friday, August 19, 2022

DEI Lunch & Learn

12:00 PM
The MNI DEI committee would like to share the information below for the DEI Lunch and Learn on "Neurodiversity and the Changing State of the Autism Field" sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry DE&I committee.  This looks like it will be a very informative session and we encourage MNI faculty, staff and students to register and attend.  
Best wishes,
The MNI DEI committee.  

 Kari Sherwood

"Neurodiversity and the Changing State of the Autism Field"

Date: Friday, August 19, 2022 from 12 PM - 1 PM

Speaker: Kari L. Sherwood, MS, MEd, MSW, LLMSW
Joint Ph.D. Student | Social Work & Developmental Psychology
University of Michigan

In this talk on neurodiversity and the state of the autism field, you will receive an overview of neurodiversity and how it relates to autism, as well as an introduction to the double empathy problem. I will cover updated statistics on adverse effects experienced by autistic individuals, such as bullying, masking/camouflaging, and racial and ethnic disparities. I will also briefly discuss the intersection of autism/neurodivergence and sexuality and gender. This presentation goes beyond the typical medical information on autism spectrum disorder and provides key insights into the lives and perspectives of autistic and neurodivergent individuals from the literature.


  • Describe neurodiversity and its relation to autism.
  • Identify common adverse effects experienced by autistic individuals.

Register: Registration is required for educational credits and privacy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this zoom meeting.


Continuing Education: The presentation will provide either 1.0 SW CEU or 1.0 CME