ASF & COVID-19 Webinar Series

Research Opportunities – UPCOMING

Given the success of our first research fair, ASF will host a second virtual research fair for families to learn how they can give back to autism research and be part of the solution to research questions. The studies highlighted throughout our discussion can all be done at home. On May 28th at 12:00 pm EST, learn how you can do more to help scientific discoveries, that help our families. Register for the second research fair here. You can listen to a recording of the first webinar here, and access the powerpoint presentation here.


ASF hosted a webinar focused on autistic employment during COVID-19. Panelists Becca Lory Hector, Paul Morris and Julie Lounds Taylor discussed employment challenges for autistic adults, and answered questions about gaining, maintaining or changing employment during the pandemic. You can listen to a recording of the webinar here, and access our powerpoint presentation here.

Managing Trauma

Many families are worried about long-term psychological effects of the list of traumatic events as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Is there going to be a surge of PTSD, especially in families with ASD? Dr. George Ake, a licensed psychologist specializing in childhood trauma from Duke University and leader of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network together with Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, talked about what you can do to mitigate the effects of long term trauma and where you can go for help in your area. Click here to to listen to the recording and click here to view the presentation.


ASF and Autism Speaks hosted a Research Regroup Webinar for autism research fellows. The group shared challenges, ideas, and potential solutions for slowing or stoppage of research studies in autism during the COVID-19 emergency. You can view the powerpoint of the discussion here.


Families with autism have always been resilient, but how does that happen? And how can we use what we have learned during this crisis? ASF is hosted webinar on with Meng-Chuan Lai, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist and expert on the topic of resiliency and discussed factors that help families be resilient to major trauma, like the COVID-19 emergency. You can listen to a recording of the webinar here, and access our powerpoint presentation here.

Seizures & CBD

ASF hosted a webinar to discuss seizures and how to manage them during the COVID-19 emergency. Dr. Orrin Devinsky, Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU, presented the newest and latest research on traditional medications for the treatment of seizures, as well as the use of cannabidiol. You can listen to a recording of the webinar here.


As families are faced with the new norm of social distancing and quarantines, mental health is more important than ever. Psychologist Vanessa Bal, PhD, Rutgers University, shared advice on how we can take better care of ourselves during the COVID-19 emergency. The conversation was geared towards both parents and those who have an autism diagnosis. Click here to to listen to the recording and access the powerpoint presentation here.

Siblings (ongoing)

Siblings are special and need a little extra support during this time. ASF is teaming up with Els for Autism to bring you a new webinar series, Sam’s Sibs Stick Together, to present findings of research that focus on siblings, and discuss resources available for siblings of all ages. Sibling Samantha Els, will be the ambassador of this series, as through her own experiences, she can help shine a light on the importance of sibling research and support. We invite siblings, parents, and other caregivers to participate in this series, which will be the 2nd Tuesday each month at 2PM. The next webinar will take place June 9th. Participation is free, but you must register to join. To register, click here. To view the presentation from May 12th, click here.


ASF and the Autism Treatment Network‘s Dr. Kristin Thomas Sohl co-hosted a Telehealth Tutorial webinar. We shared an introduction to telehealth and best practices, including how to prepare for your appointment, what you should expect, who should be involved and how to follow up. Listen to the recorded webinar here, and view the accompanying powerpoint here. To learn more about how to prepare for your autistic child’s telehealth appointment by reading a guest blog post by Dr. Bonnie Offit here.