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June 6, 7, & 11, 2024 

This virtual workshop will bring together diverse perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore advantages, barriers, gaps, and opportunities in the future of scientific conferencing for the behavioral and social sciences. Areas of particular focus will include technological innovations that enable virtual and hybrid approaches, and the impact of these approaches on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (DEIAB) of participants and attendees as well as environmental sustainability. The workshop will incorporate innovative evidence-informed approaches to showcase the potential of a virtual platform for learning, networking, and participant engagement. Overarching aims are to facilitate interdisciplinary communication and networking, to identify cross-cutting scientific gaps regarding the role of behavioral and social science factors in scientific convenings, and to inform practical strategies for designing effective, engaging, and sustainable scientific conferences and meetings.  

This workshop is open to all interested individuals, including individuals from outside the NIH.
Day 1 (June 6) of the workshop will focus on DEIAB and environmental sustainability of scientific conferences. In between the two workshop days, the Engagement Day (June 7) will feature virtual poster presentations, small group discussions, and networking opportunities. Day 2 (June 11) of the workshop will focus on connection, engagement, and innovation in scientific conferencing. 
Individuals who are interested in submitting an abstract for the virtual poster hall should visit this link for submission and eligibility criteria and to submit (deadline: May 19):
Closed captioning will be available for the event. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event will have the opportunity to provide this information during the event registration process. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted at least five business days before the event.

May 29, 2024 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Eastern Time) 

Join us for an empowering online panel featuring autistic AAPI self-advocates as they share their inspiring journeys and self-advocacy experiences. Discover how these incredible individuals have navigated the intersections of their cultural heritage and autism, and how they use their voices to drive change and foster understanding. 

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May 28, 2024 @ 3:00pm - 4:15pm (Eastern Time) 

About Event

​Join us for "Neurodivergent AANHPI Narratives | An AANHPI Heritage Month Panel". This panel brings together neurodivergent people from the Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) communities to share their unique stories, challenges, and successes.

​Recognizing the importance of awareness and addressing stigma, this event aims to highlight the diverse experiences and perspectives of AANHPI neurodivergent individuals. Through their stories, we seek to foster a deeper understanding and create a more inclusive community.

Featured panelists:

Eugene Yao @adhdfounder (he/him)
Kiwi Chinese | ADHD

​Eugene is an ADHD content creator who rapidly expanded his Instagram to 700k followers in just five months, reaching over 50 million unique accounts across his platforms, with a mission to make people feel less weird and lonely with their symptoms. Previously, he was an entrepreneur who founded multiple start-ups, including a SaaS tool that helped over 1,500 brands with organic marketing.

Dr. Jenny Mai Phan, PhD (she/her)
South-east Asian | Autism

​Dr. Phan is a Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Autism at Children's National Research Institute and Children's National Hospital. Her research investigates the experiences of neurodiverse youths, with a focus on the intersection of puberty and mental health. An acclaimed advocate for autism, Dr. Phan diligently works to address the needs of marginalized groups such as Asian Americans, autistic women, and gender-diverse youth. She champions the importance of comprehensive sexual health education and robust self-advocacy strategies for autistic individuals.

Farah Jamil, MHA, CEC, CALC, ACC (she/her)
South Asian | ADHD

​Farah Jamil is an Executive and ADHD Coach & Founder of Muslim ADHDers, leveraging her Ivy-League education and over 15 years of global leadership experience in sectors including government, non-profit, and academia. She is a recognized leader and speaker, having presented at notable events such as the World Business and Executive Coaches Summit ( and the ADHD Paloozas (Women’s, Parents, & Couples), focused on enhancing neurodiversity awareness and leadership development. She’s extremely passionate about serving the underserved.

Jemarc Axinto (They/She/He)
Filipinx | ADHD

​Jemarc Axinto is a Filipinx, Nonbinary, Trauma Recovery Coach and Wellness Consultant that supports others in their journeys at the intersection of science and spirituality. They have dedicated over ten years of their life to the actualization of a mind, body, spirit balanced no longer withheld by trauma, labels, and roles. They have had the honor of consulting and offering programming for Harvard, Rowan Medical School and many more nonprofit and for-profit organizations around the world. 


​Moderating host:

Christal Wang, ACC—in progress, MBA/MPH—on pause (she/her)
Chinese-Canadian | ADHD

​Chris (Christal) Wang is the co-founder & CEO of Shimmer. Chris strongly believes in using business as a force for good, and her work at Shimmer has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 and Inc. Female Founders. She is deeply invested in advocating for and supporting various communities she’s a part of, including LGBTQ+, AAPI, women, and neurodiverse.


​This event is a collaboration event co-hosted by:

Shimmer is an ADHD coaching platform and community dedicated to supporting neurodivergent adults in reaching their full potential.

AMBIV Collective is a social impact agency that empowers disability and neurodivergent communities to live a meaningful and fulfilling life with research-powered support and community-led solutions.

Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative (AADI) is a youth-led nonprofit organization aiming to uplift disabled Asian American voices.

Asian Mental Health Project is a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate and empower Asian communities in seeking mental healthcare.

Cold Tea Collective is a media platform and community, sharing the real stories, perspectives, and experiences of the next generation of the Asian diaspora.

Yellow Chair Collective is a culturally responsive and inclusive mental health education and service practice dedicated to serving the BIPOC and Asian American communities.

Entwine Community is a non-profit organization committed to bridging the gaps in culturally responsive and accessible mental health services for Asian American communities.

March 15, 2024 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Eastern Time) 

Join me as I talk to a Boston-based Vietnamese Parent Autism Support Group about Stress and Autism. 

Recording of the talk can be found on Vòng Tay Cha Mẹ Việt Faceboook page.

March 11, 2024 @ 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Eastern Time) 

ISPNE is hosting a webinar series on hormone research led by the early career researchers committee. If interested, please register at 

Steroid Hormones: From Collection to Analysis

Webinar Series: 12 PM Central Time

$15 registration fee

Webinar 1: Best Practices for Choosing Biomarkers: Research and Collection Considerations

Webinar 2: Diurnal Cortisol: Data Management and Statistics

Webinar 3: Reactive Hormones: Data Management and Statistics

Webinar 4: Graphing and Modelling Diurnal and Reactive Hormones

You can watch the full recording of the talk by clicking on the link here:


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: