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Autism: A World of Possibilities

During this panel discussion, you’ll gain a good understanding of what the term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) means, including its history and the prevalence of this type of disorder. You’ll also learn how families are affected when a child is diagnosed with autism, as well as ways to be an ally and advocate for people with ASD. This event is open to everyone and will be recorded.

2022 Greater New Haven Heart Walk

The Greater New Haven Heart Walk is back and ready to reinvigorate your heart-healthy lifestyle by uniting our community for better health, a fun experience and opportunity to help save lives.

This year, you can Heart Walk Here, there or anywhere! Choose our path or yours. We invite you to walk with our affinity group members at our in-person event on 5/7 at Savin Rock in West Haven, or wherever you feel inspired. No matter where you choose to walk, participating and donating to the Heart Walk will save lives and improve lives.

3 Myths About America’s Favorite Habit: From Gray Area Drinking to Vibrant Living!

If you’ve found yourself drinking a little more to cope during the pandemic, you are in good company! It has been a hard two years, for women particularly. It’s spring 2022 and a time for new beginnings. If you want to change up some habits you collected during the last two years, join DiversAbility at Yale, Working Women’s Network, Yale Latino Networking Group, and Susan Larkin for an enlightening talk about habits, health, and wellness.

Covid-19 & Disability: Sustaining Reforms for Disability Justice

A panel discussion on the broad impact of COVID-19 and utilizing lessons learned to realize disability justice
-Rachel Arfa, Commissioner, Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
-Rebecca Cokley, Program Officer, U.S. Disability Rights, Ford Foundation
-Jessica Roberts ’06, Leonard Childs Professor in Law, University of Houston Law Center
-Silvia Yee, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Building Blocks of Consent: Title IX, The Law, and Children

Join the Yale Affinity Groups for an interactive workshop to explore the dynamics of consent in relation to healthy relationships, personal boundaries, and sexual misconduct. In addition, the history and application of Title IX laws and policies for K-12 and college students will be provided. Our presenter will be Freda Grant, a SHARE Advocate and Coordinator of Conduct Awareness Training and Prevention Education.

The Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Join Yale’s Affinity Groups, Kelly Powell, Ph.D, and Kashala Smith-Tavaris, CCC-SLP, for a discussion on the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing social interaction and communication problems. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term “spectrum” in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity.

Mindful Movement Yoga

Do you feel stressed much of the time or like you can’t quite catch your breath? If so, you’re not alone. There are simple yet highly effective ways to help the body and mind alleviate the effects of daily stress. Join DiversAbility at Yale, Future Leaders of Yale, Yale Veterans Network, and Danielle Casioppo, Education Specialist with Being Well at Yale and certified yoga teacher.

Wonderful Books and Where to Find Them!

The New Haven Free Public Library, in partnership with the Yale Affinity Groups, is excited to bring you this book club for families focusing on topics of social importance! This month we focus on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a sharing of Ohana Means Family, by Ilima Loomis. Come for the reading, stay for the discussion! Join us on Facebook at:, or in the Children’s Room at the Ives Main Library. Questions? Call (203) 946-8129.

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