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Featured Speakers and Panelists for the 2023 Summer Training Institute on Autism

Kara Hume, Ph.D

Dr. Kara Hume is an Associate Professor in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Education. She has worked and collaborated with autistic children and adults for 30+ years in various capacities, including a home program therapist, teacher, trainer, consultant, CrossFit coach, and researcher. She was a classroom teacher for seven years, working primarily with students with autism, and is a Certified Advanced Consultant with the UNC TEACCH Autism Program. Her research focuses on increasing access for individuals with developmental disabilities to high-quality community-based services and interventions. During her years at UNC-Chapel Hill, Hume, in collaboration with a number of colleagues across departments and disciplines, has received over $15 million in funding as PI or Co-PI, published more than 70 manuscripts and book chapters, and has led two of the largest studies to date examining the efficacy of school-based interventions for students with developmental disabilities. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee has twice identified her work as a top-20 yearly scientific advance in ASD research.

Kara Hume receives a speaking fee from the FSU Autism Institute and a salary from the University of North Carolina. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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