Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental lifelong condition that is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The sexual profile of individuals with ASD suggests a higher prevalence of non-heterosexuality and gender-fluidity. Research findings indicate that mental health concerns are amplified for autistic individuals who belong to a sexual or a gender minority. This webinar hopes to increase awareness of and support for this vulnerable population.
Rita George has completed her PhD on Sexuality and Gender-Identity in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Deakin University, under the Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. Prior to this, she completed her Honors in Psychology at the same University, during which time her thesis was on ASD and Artificial Reproduction. It was as this time that she grew interested in the field of autism even more. In addition to her research, Rita is a sessional academic at Deakin University. Prior to studying Psychology, Rita worked as a Pediatric Dental Surgeon in Dubai for 18 years, before leaving for Australia.