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The SPHARC team regularly attends conferences and hosts a variety of events to support our mission of promoting messages around autism acceptance by focusing on sharing positive, respectful, accurate information about autism and Autistic people and supporting the public health workforce. This page will be updated to reflect past and future SPHARC events.

2022 Peer-to-Peer Exchange: Telementoring Models to Build Local Capacity for Best-Practice Care

July 12-13, 2022 | Charlottesville, VA

This year’s Peer-to-Peer Exchange was hosted by the Virginia state team and had three specific objectives, that by the end of the meeting, all participants would be able to: Describe the use of ECHO and technology-enabled collaborative learning for training community-based providers, identify ways to enhance learning and engagement among participants, and determine how to structure programs to meet the needs of the target audience. Day 1 involved state introductions, ECHO presentations from the Virginia team, a discussion of Family Navigation and ECHO Autism for Primary Care, a Primary Care Provider panel, ECHO for K-12 Educators and Caregivers, a Gallery Walk activity for attendees to network and discuss best practices, and a series of breakout sessions. Day 2 involved an introduction to Community-Asset Mapping (CAM), Virginia’s implementation of the CAM model into virtual learning communities, and a second series of breakout sessions. As a first-time attendee, I was amazed by the work of our graphic facilitator, Brittany Curry, who did a fantastic job highlighting the key points from our discussions. This was a great peer learning experience for me, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

A graphic recording from the 2022 Peer-to-Peer Exchange featuring the attending states, Washington, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

2022 AUCD Conference Panel

November 13-16, 2022 | Washington, DC

The SPHARC team was excited to have a panel presentation at the 2022 AUCD Conference. The panel, The Autistic Faculty: Creating a Model To Infuse & Elevate Lived Experience Year-Round, featured the three members of the pilot cohort of the SPHARC Autistic Faculty. The panel discussed how the Autistic Faculty is being co-designed with Autistic people leading the conversation, talk about advantages of involving Autistic talent (and other people with lived experience) in your work, and shared tips/strategies to find, approach, and compensate Autistic talent.

Learn more about the Autistic Faculty



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