Webcast CME

Co-Occuring Conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Improving Healthcare Access for Patients on the Autism Spectrum

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Release date: October 20, 2022
Expiration date: October 20, 2024

Estimated Time of Completion: 1 hour


Learn about strategies for supporting healthcare access and meaningful participation in clinical encounters for individuals on the autism spectrum and with intellectual and developmental disorders.


Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize how consideration of a person’s abilities and strengths can enhance individualized care.
  2. Identify accommodations and communication supports for facilitating encounters and conducting thorough assessment.
  3. Acknowledge gaps in our clinical understanding and management of patients with autism and with intellectual and developmental disorders.

Target Audience

This online series is designed for a primary audience of family practice physicians, internists, pediatricians, neurologists, medical geneticists, behavioral medicine experts, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health practitioners.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians / American Medical Association (AMA)
Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Certificate of Participation
A certificate of participation will be provided to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with their professional boards and/or associations.

American Board of Internal Medicine (MOC)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD
Clinical Geneticist, Clinical Pathologist
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic


Karen Turner, OTR/L
Patient Navigator for Autism
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education mitigates all relevant conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty have indicated they have no relationship which, in the context of his/her presentation(s), could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD
Karen Turner, OTR/L

All other planners, Center for Continuing Education and Autism Research Institute staff, and content reviewers, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This CME activity was produced by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and Autism Research Institute.