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Jaime Butler
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Consent: Creating Accessible Relationship-Based Programming for Students with Autism
Mosaic External Program Specialist
Jaime works with the Mosaic Program as the External Program Specialist. Her primary focus is on developing professional skills and assisting with the transition into internship and employment. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in College Student Development. Jaime has a passion for working with students as they form their identity and develop self-advocacy skills. She enjoys partnering with campus and community partners to bring more acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in all settings through the celebration of neurodiversity.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Consent - Creating Accessible Relationship-Based Programming for Students with Autism

(Co-Presenter with Allison Cansler)


Prevention programming has become a buzzword ever since the Dear Colleague Letter of 2011. In response, universities have created and implemented sexual misconduct prevention programming that is applicable to their campuses and speaks to the majority. Oftentimes, though, our intersectional prevention programming is through a very ableist lens, erasing the experiences of individuals with disabilities- especially students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is one of the few institutions that is leading the way in the United States when it comes to inclusive and comprehensive programming for students with ASD. This presentation highlights the collaborative partnership between the UTC Mosaic Program- a comprehensive support program for UTC students with ASD- and UTC’s Survivor Advocacy Services to create prevention programming that is accessible to students with ASD. We will also address the strategies and lessons learned for linking and aligning students’ learning experiences to ensure they are prepared for safe, healthy, and meaningful relationships.