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December 4, 2023 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Eastern Time) 

Improving education for autistic students in Montgomery County, Maryland

Hosted by the xMinds BIPOC Committee 

"People of the Global Majority Discussion Group - Special Presentation Dec. 4 ONLY - Stress on the Spectrum"

Date: Monday, December 4th, 2023

Future Dates: This is a continuing monthly discussion group with occasional speakers.  The next discussion group will be on January 8, with no guest speaker. This group meets the 1st Monday of every month, with adjustments for holidays.

Time:  7:00 PM – 7:45 PM  Only on Dec. 4, we will meet from 7 to 8:30pm because we have a special guest speaker.

Location:  Virtual (register to receive your Zoom link

Cost:  Free

The holidays are upon us. For our families, this can sometimes be a very stressful time of year. On December 4 at 7 pm, Dr. Jenny Mai Phan, a postdoctoral researcher at Children's National Hospital in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, will join us to talk about identifying and managing stress in autistic children --- a growing field of study. Specifically, she will address topics like:

Dr. Jenny Mai Phan is a postdoctoral researcher at Children’s National Hospital in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Phan has over a decade of experience in stress and hormones research and combines this expertise with studies on puberty and mental health research in autistic youth. She is a mother of four, three of whom are diagnosed with various intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. Dr. Phan calls her family “very neurodiverse.” Dr. Phan is a longstanding autism community advocate and recently an autism self-advocate, as a late-diagnosed woman. She brings both lived experience and professional perspectives to her advocacy work, aiming to reduce disparities, especially in marginalized communities. Dr. Phan has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development Family Studies from Iowa State University. You can learn more about her at

People of the Global Majority is a discussion group for MoCo parents/guardians of autistic students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), hosted by the xMinds BIPOC Outreach Committee. Daria Hall, chair of the Committee will facilitate. Guest speakers are often invited to provide information of interest to parents of autistic children. Individuals who are not BIPOC are always welcome to join our discussion group when we have a guest speaker.

You can watch the full recording of the talk by clicking on the YouTube link here: xMinds presents "Stress on the Spectrum"

November 3, 2023 @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Eastern Time) 

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention

Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Group Virtual Pre-Conference: Creating Sustained Co-production Partnerships within Autism Research and Practice




Please contact with additional requests.

September 11-15, 2023 @ 12:00pm - 4:45pm (Eastern Time) 

Autism Research for Us: Creating an agenda led by the autistic community

ASAN and the Policy and Analytics Center (PAC), based at A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University, will hold a symposium about autism research. Autistic people will tell researchers what we want and need from future research. Together we will create a plan for research and share it with everyone. Autistic people will lead the plan. We will talk about how we do research.

We will focus on participatory research. Participatory research is when the autistic community and researchers work together to design, do, and share research. We will also look at research led by autistic people. We especially want to hear from multiply marginalized autistic people, including:

• Autistic people of color;

• Non-speaking autistic people (both full time and part time);

• Autistic people who are LGBTQ+. LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities; and

• Autistic people with intellectual disabilities.

April 2, 2023 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm (Eastern Time) 

United Nations World Autism Awareness Day 2023

Transformation toward a Neuro-Inclusive World for All

Organized by the Institute of Neurodiversity (ION)

You can watch the four-part live stream on YouTube (links provided below).

Part 1 Home

Part 2 Arts

Part 3 Work 

Part 4 Policy & Advocacy

August 5, 2022 @ 1:00 - 1:50pm (Central Time) 

American Psychological Association Division 33: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder
If you're going to the @APA  Convention in Minneapolis on August 4-6, mark your calendar to check out Division 33 Early Career Professionals Mentoring Event. Promoting Inclusivity in Research and Practice in IDD/ASD. APA Division 33 Early Career Professionals Mentoring Event co-hosted by the Division's Diversity Equity & Inclusion Subcommittee. Mentoring topics will include: community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches, inclusivity of underrepresented populations in research, and intersectional perspectives in IDD/ASD research, including experiences from neurodivergent researchers.  Join us at APA! Friday, August 5 at 1 to 1:15PM. Questions? Contact Division 33 ECP Committe Chair, Sasha Zeedyk:

June 29, 2022 @ 12:00 - 17:10pm (British Standard Time) 

April 19th, 2022 @ 3:00 - 5:00pm (Eastern Time) 

Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) Presents Autism Acceptance Month Double Webinar

12-1pm PT / 3- 4pm ET:  The Intersection of Autism, Health, Poverty and Racial Equity 

1-2pm PT / 4-5pm ET: Why Studying Puberty in Autism Research Matters

February 24th, 2022 @ 1:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern Time) 

Scientist Action and Advocacy Network presents: Researching Neurodiversity: Bridging the Gap between Researcher and Community. Panel members include Robin Roscigno, Syreeta Nolan, Jenny Mai Phan, Heini Natri, and Nick Fears.

The Scientist Action & Advocacy Network (ScAAN) is hosting a virtual panel with the goal of bringing together experts in a range of disciplines that do important work with and for the neurodivergent–particularly autistic–community. 

Topics to be discussed include:

that directly address the true needs and interests of the disabled community 

January 20-21, 2022 @ 3:00 - 5:00pm (Eastern Time)

This two-day workshop hosted by the National Science Policy Network DEI Committee is proud to have Andrew Fang and Katharine Mach discuss their respective areas of expertise on environmental justice science and policies. Adriana Bankston will be teaching attendees how to write science-policy position papers or op-eds.

Environmental justice topics include: