The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Robyn DeCourcy

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Understand how and why ASD manifests differently for each individual affected
  • Identify the most common characteristics of ASD, including diagnostic criteria as well as traits not explicitly listed in the DSM-5
  • Learn the difference between the medical and social models of disability and the importance of autistic cultural competency in working with autistic individuals


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition that occurs across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. This session offers an introduction to understanding ASD (including information about its etiology and prevalence) as well as a brief overview of autistic advocacy and culture.

Presenter Biography:

Robyn DeCourcy has been working with autistic individuals for more than 12 years, specializing in early intervention as well as community inclusion. In addition to a self-designed BS degree in Liberal Arts and Autism Studies, DeCourcy also obtained a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is a regular speaker, writer, and consultant for a wide range of organizations and serves on numerous accessibility teams across the Upper Midwest. She can be reached at rdecourcymn@gmail.com.

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