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The Health Professions Autism Network is a multidisciplinary Community of Practice for healthcare providers in all settings and across the lifespan, to facilitate networking, education, and advocacy on caring for autistic individuals and families.  As all healthcare professionals will have opportunity in their career to care for individuals on the spectrum (or those with traits who may be undiagnosed), our target audience is those who do not specialize in autism care. Experts are certainly welcome to join us!


Participation in the community is voluntary, and open to all healthcare providers.  Visiting/joining our community gives you access to resources, forum conversations, and related blog posts.


The goal of the community is to improve access to quality healthcare to decrease health disparities in the autistic community.

We welcome:

  • Advanced Practice RNs

  • Physician Assistants

  • Registered Nurses

  • Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Nursing/Medical/ Home Health Assistants

  • Physicians

  • Dentists

  • Dental hygienists

  • Pharmacists

  • Paramedics/ Emergency Medical Technicians

  • Doulas

  • Students of all the health professions

  • and many others!


Today is the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA).  The ADA has had a significant impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities, ensuring access to services that promote inclusion in the community.  As healthcare professionals it is imp...

As we close out Autism Awareness and Acceptance month, we are excited to share with you what has been happening in and around our community.

First I am excited to announce that though I have been busy with my doctoral work of late, the end is near as I officially gradua...

May 22, 2017

The Incredible 5-Point Scale supports social understanding, emotional understanding and social communication for individuals on the autism spectrum and their caregivers. By definition, having an autism spectrum disorder involves having a problem with social cognition....

Your friend Samantha is always 10 minutes late. So much so you’ve begun telling her things start ten minutes earlier than they do. You made your husband the grocery list so he would get all the stuff you needed from the store…then he left the list at home. Your son is...

“I don't seek healthcare I could really use, even though I have insurance, because I know that seeking non-emergent health care will probably ultimately do more harm than good,” autistic mother of two in the Twin Cities.

Approximately 1% of the population...

The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder is significantly higher in males than in females.  While the difference has narrowed in recent years, evidence still supports that poor recognition and understanding of the autistic* female phenotype has significantly aff...

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