Creating Inclusive Spaces and Programming: A Series for Professionals and Allies

The Philadelphia Autism Project, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Carousel Connections and Project Elijah Empowering Autism, developed a series of short training videos which cover topics including trauma-informed care practices, neurodiversity and inclusion, and building community programming initiatives. These videos can support professionals and staff who are interested in learning more about supporting autistic individuals, particularly within recreational and community settings.


The project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view of opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

Trauma-Informed Approaches

Andrea October is the Trauma Resilience Training Coordinator at the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. In this video, Andrea shares information about trauma-informed care principles and strategies to support creating a safe and welcoming environment for all.

Atmospheres of Inclusion

Patty Flaherty-Fischette, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Services at Carousel Connections. In this video, Patty shares information and strategies for creating inclusive environments where people of all abilities are meaningfully engaged and celebrated.

Building Inclusive Community Programs

Eric Williams is the founder of Project Elijah Empowering Autism. In this video, Eric shares his experiences in building and growing community programming initiatives for autistic individuals and other diverse communities.

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