Webinar - Live - Autism, Sexuality, and the Law with Dr. Isabelle Hénault

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In recent years, Internet accessibility has increased the consumption of pornographic images and sites. 
Social networks are present in the lives of most autistic adolescents and adults. The rules surrounding the legal aspect of social media content remain unclear. Thus, the risk is high for autistic people who browse online without knowing the risks and consequences associated with chat exchanges, viewing and/or distribution of illegal material. 
In this webinar, strategies and tools adapted to the autistic profile in terms of education and prevention of illegal and inappropriate sexual behaviour will be presented, in addition to concrete cases. The notion of consent will be addressed using appropriate educational tools. 

Learning objectives: 

  1. Understand the challenges of Internet navigation.
  2. Utilize educational strategies to use the Internet in a safe way. 
  3. Prevent at-risk behaviours and expand knowledge about legal aspects of sexuality.

This webinar is appropriate for caregivers of autistic youth from pre-teen to young adulthood. 

Register here: https://bit.ly/3QbnKBI 

Content Disclaimer: This presentation contains material that might be difficult to discuss. This presentation mentions themes of pornography and abuse, including sexual abuse. These themes will be discussed in a sensitive and educational way, emphasizing prevention. 

This webinar is the follow-up presentation to “Ask the Doctor: Healthy Sexuality, from Puberty to Adulthood for Autistic Youth and Adults” with Dr. Isabelle Hénault that aired in April 2023. Click here to view this presentation and resources.  

This presentation will also be offered in French; click here for more information. 


Speaker: Dr Isabelle Hénault 

Dr. Isabelle Hénault, is a sexologist and psychologist from the University of Québec in Montréal, Canada. Her practice and studies have focused on providing diagnosis, education and support to children, adolescents, adults, and couples living with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.  

Dr. Hénault has developed a relationship and sex education program, and works with individuals and groups to increase their understanding of sexuality, and conducts relationship counselling. She is currently collaborating on numerous international research initiatives involving socio-sexual education and interpersonal relationships.  She worked for over 2 years and a half at Tony Attwood’s clinic in Australia. 

Dr. Hénault is the author of Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood, published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London (2005) and co-author of  The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law  (Attwood, Hénault & Dubin)  published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London (2014). 

She also published the book The Female Profile of Autism (Chenelière Education, 2020; JKP 2023) and collaborated on the book Working with Autistic Transgender and Non-Binary People (Kourti & coll, 2021). 

Disclaimer: Opinions reflected in this webinar are those of the speaker(s) and presenter(s), and do not necessarily reflect Autism Ontario’s views. Please note Autism Ontario does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service, or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information. Autism Ontario strongly believes that it is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions.  



November 22nd, 2023 from 12:00 PM to  1:30 PM
On-line / En ligne
Phone: 416-246-9592 ext. 392
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