Dr. Curtiss was invited to the Center of Disability Studies at the University of Delaware to present on Sexual Consent and Disability. Participants learned what sexual consent is from a sexual health perspective and a legal perspective. They also learned important considerations when teaching consent and how teaching consent promotes sexual safety.
Dr. Curtiss was invited by the Autism Alliance of Michigan to give a workshop on sexual abuse identification, response, risk reduction, and prevention. The workshop covered how to:
- Identify the various forms of sexual abuse
- Respond to a sexual abuse crisis
- Identify multiple prevention strategies
- Understand how to best support prevention efforts
Families with children on the autism spectrum are often viewed in terms of their deficits rather than their strengths. Family meals are portrayed as sources of stress and struggle for parents and children. In this study, we take a resilience perspective to challenge underlying assumptions and get a more accurate picture of the nature of shared family meals. In-depth interviews were conducted and mealtimes were video recorded with 16 families for this thematic analysis. We identified four themes as being particularly salient to the mealtime experience: (1) schools and homework, (2) managing eating, (3) chores, and (4) intimate conversations. Our results elucidate the context of mealtimes as a site where parents struggle, yet negotiate, the challenges of everyday family life.
Curtiss, S.L.& Ebata, A.T. (2019). The nature of family meals: A new vision of families of children with autism. Journal of Autismand Developmental Disorders, 49(2), 441-452..doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3720-9
The need for residential group homes for people with disabilities is rising- but there’s a shortage of caregivers in Illinois. The The 21st Show covered this important topic and included Dr. Curtiss in the discussion. Listen to the episode here [https://will.illinois.edu/21stshow/program/caregiver-shortage-for-people-with-disabilities-unwelcome-pregnancy-co].
Sarah Curtiss was invited to speak to over 500 practitioners, educators, parents, and self-advocates when Temple Grandin came to speak at Champaign-Urbana Autism Network’s conference. Read more about the event here [http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2016-10-26/temple-grandin-returns-alma-mater-autism-conference.html].