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Youth Advocacy Caucus: Supporting Youth Living with Autism in Domestic Violence Services

Domestic violence shelters and non-residential programs have youth residents diagnosed with and/or living on the Autism Spectrum. Many programs describe feeling unprepared to support these children and their parents. In Ohio, we can create shelter and outreach spaces with sensory guidance and learn skills to support Autistic children and their parents.  


Please join ODVN’s keynote speaker, Mandi Rickelman from Monarch Center for Autism, as she teaches how to co-support families seeking safety and services. Participants will learn an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the definition of ASD, its common characteristics, and practical strategies to use in the shelter environment. This caucus meeting will explore how the unique characteristics of ASD are experienced by different individuals and their families, and how to provide a supportive and empathetic environment through visuals and scenarios.  

Keynote Speaker: Mandi Rickelman, MA, Director of the Welcoming Spaces Program at Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB

Deadline to Register: May 9, 2024

Please share any accessibility needs and accommodations when registering for this event, including for American Sign Language interpreting. 

Upon registering, you should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you have not, please contact the Training Team at [email protected].

Virtual location

You will receive a confirmation email with a URL.

May 15, 2024 01:00pm - May 15, 2024 03:00pm

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