2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Cultivating Accessible Relationship-Based Consent Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ID 404)

Prevention programming has become a buzzword ever since the Dear Colleague Letter of 2011. In response, universities have created and implemented sexual misconduct prevention programming that is applicable to their campuses and speaks to the majority. Oftentimes, though, our intersectional prevention programming is through a very ableist lens, erasing the experiences of individuals with disabilities- especially students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is one of the few institutions that is leading the way in the United States when it comes to inclusive and comprehensive programming for students with ASD. Presenters will highlight the collaborative partnership between the UTC Mosaic Program- a comprehensive support program for UTC students with ASD- and UTC's Survivor Advocacy Services to create prevention programming that is accessible to students with ASD. Presenters will also address the strategies and lessons learned for linking and aligning students' learning experiences to ensure they are prepared for safe, healthy, and meaningful relationships.


Wednesday, April 1
11:15 am to 12:05 pm


303 AB
LA Convention Center

Presented by

Jaime Butler, Mosaic Campus Coordinator Mosaic, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Allison Cansler, Assistant Director, Center for Women & Gender Equity, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Amy Rutherford, Assistant Director for the Mosaic Program, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga