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Laurie Sperry

Decreasing Vulnerability Through Sexuality Education
Laurie Sperry, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Yale University


This webcast will address rationale, topics, and teaching strategies related to sexuality education for emerging adults with ASD and developmental disabilities. In addition, Tammy Burns, a parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder, will share her perspective on this topic.

Laurie Sperry, Ph.D., BCBA-D, MSc Forensic Psychology, Criminology, is an Assistant Clinical Faculty at Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Law and Psychiatry.  In addition to a PhD and a degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral Level.  Her research focuses on people with ASD who come in contact with the criminal justice system to ensure their humane treatment within the system. In addition to publishing numerous articles, presenting at international conferences, and serving as an expert panelist and witness, she has worked around the globe providing training, client services, and outreach.

Tammy Burns, M.Ed., is the Outreach Coordinator at the Autism Society Central Virginia.  Tammy received her BA from Virginia Tech in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from Arizona State. Tammy is a Partners in Policymaking Graduate and a volunteer Family Navigator for the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Center for Family Involvement. She is also the Chair of the Chesterfield County Special Education Advisory Committee.  She and her husband, Troy, have three teenage children – Brett, Jared and Amber.  Her 17-year-old son, Jared, has autism.



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