2018 Washington Autism Advisory Council (WAAC) Meeting

“Improving Health through Trauma-informed Approached for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities , their Families and Caregivers.”

November 5, 2018   9:00 AM – 3:00 PM





Assessment and Treatment of Trauma in Individuals with ASD: Current Status of the Literature

  • Arianne Wallace, Ph.D, Bernier Lab, University of Washington, and Lucy Berliner, MSW, Harborview Medical Center

Panel: Trauma-Informed Approached, Lived Experience

Objectives: Increase Awareness of Challenges, barriers and outcomes of Parents and autistic adults who experience trauma (themselves and/or their children) in seeking treatment in their community and school settings

  • Arzu Forough,  parent, Founder, President/CEO, Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (talking points)
  • ChrisTiana ObeySumner, MNPL; Autistic Activist; Owner and Principal Social Equity Consultant, Epiphanies of Equity, Co-Chair, Seattle Commission for Disabilities, Executive Director, The Eleanor Elizabeth Institute for Black Empowerment (talking points)
  • Micah Levenson, LICSW, Autistic adult, private practice Psychotherapist (talking points)
  • Rachel Nemhauser, parent, Program Supervisor,  Parent to Parent, The Arc of King County (talking points)

Objective: Identify what the needs are to support better connections between research, systems and practices to improve trauma-informed approachesPanel: Trauma Informed Approached, Community Professional Perspective

  • Dora Raymaker, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University, Co-director Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), Associate Editor, Autism in Adulthood (talking points)
  • Lucy Berliner, MSW, Healthcare Administrator, Harborview Medical Center, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine

Notes from the day