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Featuring: Dr. Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L
originally recorded November 21, 2016

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Advances in Autism bundle.

Description: Understanding the perspective of individuals with autism spectrum disorder can be challenging.  Even more so is knowing what to expect from individuals with ASD and having an idea of what the future might hold for a child with ASD.  Dr. Bill Wong is an occupational therapist diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome who speaks candidly and with passion about how to be a self-advocate, how he overcomes the challenges of autism and how others with autism can live fully in achieving one’s goals.  This livetalk will discuss Dr. Wong’s inspirational journey and he will offer his first-hand advice on topics from supporting OT employees and students with ASD to helping young adults with ASD transition to academic and work environments to providing professionals and parents with important information on how to accept, encourage and support those in their lives with autism to truly live life fully.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Describe 2 ways that Dr Wong has promoted self-advocacy for himself and other individuals with autism.
  2. Describe two ways to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder to live life more fully.
  3. State the importance of self-advocacy for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists, Parents, Teachers.

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Outcomes

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Dr. Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L is arguably the best known occupational therapist with autism spectrum disorder.  An avid social media mogul, Dr. Wong strives to increase awareness of living with ASD through speaking, blogging, tweeting and facebooking.  Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 25 while pursuing his master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California, Dr. Wong has gone on to complete his doctorate in occupational therapy from USC, start a successful telehealth organization, and work successfully as an occupational therapist.  He was an invited speaker for TEDxGrand Forks and the American Occupational Therapy Association. He currently works at a skilled nursing facility in addition to keeping up with his social media and autism self-advocacy efforts.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:


Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.