Serving Adults with Disabilities on the Autism Spectrum

You can view the webinar recording below to receive continuing education credit. Supporting documents such as webinar slides, transcript, and additional resources are available to download by scrolling to the attachments section below.


This webinar is also available as podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Live Webinar Air Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This webinar provides a basic understanding of the autism spectrum and examines the unique care management needs of adults with disability who are on the autism spectrum. The discussion highlights the experience of being autistic and the disparities and barriers these participants experience in obtaining care. LA Care health plan highlights successful strategies they developed to improve customer experience, including training and supporting their staff working with this population and their families and care providers.

The core values of the DCC model are focused on the individual needs of the participant, respect for the participant’s choices and the elimination of medical and institutional bias. A core value of this model is the Participant-Centered Approach, which includes the use of person-centered language. Person-centered language is often seen as a way for individuals with disability to reclaim their identity and their role in their own care process. The use of language is critical to ensuring a person-centered approach. It is important that people are seen first as people and not as their illness.

Participants with autism and advocates for participants with autism often prefer using identity-first language to describe the condition, and you will hear a presenter use the terms “autistic,” “autistic person,” or “autistic individual” in this webinar.

This departure from the standard person-centered language used in the DCC model is addressed in the webinar. For more information, please visit the following resources:

Featured Speakers:

  • Chris Duff, Disability Practice and Policy Consultant
  • Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH, Professor, Portland State University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University; Co-Director, Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE)
  • Mahsa Hesari, M.A., BCBA, Autism Program Manager, Behavioral Health Department, LA Care Health Plan

Intended Audience:

This series is intended for providers and health care professionals, front-line staff with health plans and provider practices, and other stakeholders interested in improving their ability to meet the needs of adults with functional limitations.

Continuing Education Credit Information:

Accreditation - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). CMS complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CMS is authorized to offer 0.1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for this activity.

After viewing the recording, please visit to access the post-test. More information can be found in the Continuing Education Credit Guide.

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