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The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) Speaker Series features “A Discussion on Suicide Awareness, Education & Prevention Among Autistic Individuals.” In the three-part series, attendees will hear from prominent speakers specializing in crisis support and suicide prevention for autistic people. We invite community members and encourage behavior therapists, educators, and mental health professionals to attend these free, educational presentations. 

Autism and Suicide: 

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the autism community. Research has shown autistic people are challenged by unique risk factors of suicide, as well as the risk factors of the general public. Supporting autistic people with suicide prevention efforts includes understanding what autism is from a strengths-based social model. Cultural competence and humility are essential while communicating with and supporting autistic people.

  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m. (AZ)
  • Presenter: Lisa Morgan, M.Ed., CAS
  • Location: Zoom
  • Audience: Autistic individuals, parents, educators, behavior therapists, mental health providers

About the Speaker:

Lisa Morgan is a consultant specializing in crisis support and suicide prevention for autistic people. Lisa is the founder and co-chair of the Autism and Suicide committee at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and has developed several autism-specific resources for communicating and supporting autistic people in crisis.  A self-advocate with a passion for strengths-based solutions, Lisa has authored several books, articles, and resources all available on her website, She is a community council member of AASET (Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together) a group of autistic adults informing autism research priorities.  Lisa has a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching. She is a certified autism specialist, a peer reviewer of the online journal, Autism in Adulthood, and owner of Lisa Morgan Consulting LLC. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree.

The 2023 Speaker Series is brought to you by SARRC’s Think Autism® program. Learn more about the Think Autism program at