Coping with Loss During COVID-19 and 2020 Societal Conflicts

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central Time Zone


Researcher and autistic self-advocate T.J. Gordon uses personal experience and research to talk about how people with autism are dealing with sadness, anxiety, and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, deaths in 2020, and societal conflicts. You will also learn about ways you can help people with autism cope with the pain due to 2020 events. .

Notes: Presenter will use "autistic person", "person on the autism spectrum", and "person with autism" interchangeably. Content Warning: Mentions of violence, depression, suicide, and death.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identifying various means people with autism could deal with loss and sadness during COVID-19 pandemic and other social issues in 2020
  2. Learning to understand and address an autistic person's loss
  3. Learning ways to help people with autism cope with loss and sadness (including #StayAndPlay initiative by The Alliance)

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Clinical Psychologists 1
Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors 1
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists (RD) 1
Nursing Home Administrator 1
Occupational Therapy 1
Physical Therapy 1
Speech Language Pathologists 1
Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses 1
Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (formerly QMRP) 1


Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr, RA, Institute of Disability and Human Development, UIC

Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr. is a research assistant at UIC’s Institute of Disability and Human Development, writer, and autistic self-advocate in Chicago. Gordon usually advocates for autism and disability acceptance in communities of color, equitable funding for diverse learning, combating police violence towards people with disabilities He is also a co-founder of Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition, a group consisting of people of color with disabilities in the Chicagoland area who promote disability acceptance and self-advocacy in marginalized communities.