Safer Dating for autistic teenagers

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Experts in dating violence and healthy relationships promotion from Boston University have been funded by the Organization for Autism Research to design and pilot-test a six-session curriculum on healthy dating for teenagers with an Asperger’s profile. Topics include understanding healthy and unhealthy dating behaviors, warning signs of abuse, knowing how to set and respect boundaries, talking about autism with neurotypical dating partners, taking stock of one’s boundaries related to touch, identifying qualities of an ideal dating partner, and others. To be eligible, individuals must live in the U.S.A., have access to a cell phone or computer with a camera/microphone, be available on six Tuesdays in a row from 6-7:30pm starting on May 21, 2019. Class sessions are 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, and 6/25. The class is limited to 8 participants. Students of all genders are welcome. Students will receive up to $140 for participating in all six classes and a focus group because this is a research study. Parental permission to participate in class is required of those who are younger than age 18.