Foothills Academy webinars are professional development opportunities for higher education staff and faculty to explore practices and strategies to support autistic and other neurodivergent students.

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How to Access Past Foothill Academy Webinars

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June 2023 (3 sessions): Square One: Launching a Campus-Based Autism Support Initiative

A three-part virtual instructional series for higher education professionals interested in launching a campus program or initiative to support autistic and other neurodivergent students.

Learn more about this instructional series or if you attended, click here to access recordings and materials.

February-March 2023 (3 sessions): Helping Higher Ed Professionals Understand the Employment Landscape for Neurodivergent Students: How it Works, Who is Doing it Well, Why it Matters – A Series of Discussions with Employers and Higher Education Professionals

There are no recordings of this event. This event was co-sponsored by the College Autism Network and the UConn Center for Neurodiversity and Employment Innovation.


June 1, 2022: Counseling Services for a Neurodiverse Campus: Supporting Autistic and Other Neurodivergent Students in Clinical Settings (Purchase Access Here for $50)

  • Panelists include: Rachel Bedard, Ph.D. (Psychologist, private practice), Peggy Crowe, Ph.D. (Director, Counseling Center & Student Accessibility Resource Center, Western Kentucky University), Julie DiMatteo, Ph.D., ABPP (Psychologist, private practice & Assistant Director, Outreach and Prevention, Seton Hall University), Shivani Gopal Edwards, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC-CS (Associate Director, Director of Clinical Service, Office of Life, Counseling and Consultation, The Ohio State University), Eric Endlich, Ph.D. (Founder, Top College Consultants), Laura Viars, MA, LPC (Mental Health Counselor, The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, WV Autism Training Center, Adjunct Professor, Marshall University)
  • Moderated by Lee Burdette Williams (Executive Director, College Autism Network)
  • Many U.S. campuses report an increase in students who identify as autistic or otherwise neurodivergent. While they are often supported by a disability resource center, an autism-specific program, or external providers, they are increasingly looking to all campus offices to provide neuroinclusive services. In this webinar, a diverse group of clinicians and administrators will share experiences and strategies for effective clinical relationships with autistic and other neurodivergent students. This webinar is designed for counseling center and other clinical staff who wish to better understand the characteristics of autism and how to work in an accepting and effective way to support the success of autistic students who seek counseling.

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