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Rethinking Mental Health for Neurodiversity Equity and Inclusion

Friday, July 29, 2022

9:30 am - 12:30 pm PT

FREE Virtual Event 

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Course Overview:

Amplifying the voices of and building on the work of autistic and other neurodivergent self-advocates, this presentation by Dr. Lau compares differences between the medical and social model of disability, highlights historical and societal factors resulting in inequity for neurodivergent individuals, and provides suggestions for moving forward in the field of mental health to improve equity and inclusion for neurodivergent individuals.

About Lynette Lau, PhD:

Lynette Lau, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training and research interest in infant and childhood mental health, couple and family relationships, stress/resilience/trauma, gene-environment interactions, as well as systems change and the building and maintenance of trauma-informed systems of care. She has worked extensively with children and families from low-income, minority, and/or marginalized backgrounds, as well as children and families in foster care.

Prior to her current position at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (HUMC), she was the Psychology Training Director for the University of California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (UC-LEND), where she developed curriculum and on-campus programming to increase acceptance of and equity for neurodivergent individuals. Currently, she sees clients across the lifespan and leads the Intersectional Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Accountability (IIDEA) workgroup and Neurodiversity Clinical Consultation Group at HUMC. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology at UCLA.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Compare the medical model of disability with the social model of disability, with particular attention to neurodiversity and the Neurodiversity Movement.
  • Identify three ableist ways of thinking/practicing that are embedded in the medical model of disability and/or current societal standards and practices.
  • Identify three neurodiversity and disability affirming practices that can be incorporated into our standard operating practices, in service of increasing equity and inclusivity for autistic and other neurodivergent individuals.
  • Identify five neurodiversity and disability affirming resources that one can refer to for ongoing support and growth in becoming neurodiversity and disability affirming.

Continuing Education Units:

Cost: $30 

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) when they fill out the follow-up survey. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 3 hours of Continuing Education Units (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). CEUs are provided by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $45.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Ari Ocegueda at

Produced by the Serving California’s Survivors with Disabilities Project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding provided by Ability Central.