When it Comes to Autism, Can We Reconcile the Medical and Social Models of Disability?

Online Only

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Date & Location

Monday, May 8, 2023
8:30 am - 1:00 pm | Online


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (4.00 hours), CME-Designated Participation Credit (4.00 hours)

Learning Outcome Statement

At the conclusion of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to apply the principles of both the social and medical model of autism spectrum disorder in the management of the care of children, adolescents, and young adults.


The conference will focus on two different perspectives of autism: the medical model and the social model. The medical model views autism as a neurodevelopmental disorder that requires medical treatment and recognition, particularly for those with severe forms of autism. The social model, on the other hand, considers autism to be a natural variation of human ability and identity that should be celebrated and accommodated like any other identity.

The conference will feature representative lectures from each viewpoint, offering insight into their unique approaches and understanding of autism. The lectures will be followed by a moderated panel discussion, where experts will highlight the strengths and limitations of each perspective and explore potential ways to reconcile these differing viewpoints.

The conference aims to facilitate a deeper understanding of the two viewpoints and offer a space for constructive dialogue and engagement. Ultimately, the goal is to promote a more nuanced understanding of autism that can benefit both individuals on the spectrum and society as a whole.

This CME is sponsored by: BANDS (Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Services) at DHMC; NH-ME LEND Program, University of New Hampshire; LEND Program at Boston Children’s Hospital; Connecticut LEND Program at UCONN Health; Eunice Kennedy Shriver LEND Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School; Maine LEND at the University of New England; NJLEND – the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; University of Rochester LEND at Golisano Children’s Hospital; Rhode Island LEND at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Stonybrook University LEND at the School of Social Welfare; Brooklyn LEND at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University; Westchester Institute for Human Development.

Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please e-mail to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.


Registration is online and by credit card only. The registration fee is $45.

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Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 1 week prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $10 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail or call (603) 653-1234.


Dartmouth Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth Health designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Credit

The following steps must be completed in order to receive credit for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s).
  • Complete the online evaluation (located under My Account in the top menu) - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

For questions or technical support, please e-mail or call (603) 653-1234.