Roadmap to Dating and Relationships on the Spectrum: For Autistic Teens, Young Adults, and their Parents

  • 14 Nov 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville


  • Please provide age of any teen/young adult you intend to bring to this event.
  • Please provide age of any teen/young adult you intend to bring to this event.


Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members

This event aims to cover the following questions from both the kid’s and parent’s perspective:

  • Are you ready to date?
  • Whom do you want to date?
  • What are your personal boundaries?
  • Where do you meet people?
  • How does online dating work?
  • Are you prepared to meet IRL (in real life)?
  • What happens next?
Parents can submit their questions when registering at the xMinds website. We will hand out index cards to youth at the event so that they can pose their questions anonymously.

Speakers: Jonathan Rhoads, LCSW-C; JMR Counseling
Jonathan Rhoads is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. His specific areas of focus include dating and relationships, online safety, and social media anxiety management, as well as appropriate use of social media platforms as they pertain to building healthy social relationships.

Sam Smith, Self-Advocate
Sam Smith is an advocate for individuals with autism and was born and raised in the DC area.  He is very involved in the local community with several organizations including SPIRIT Club, an organization dedicated to increasing health and wellness in individuals with and without developmental disabilities.  He is also an active member in Neuro Diversity, a music group of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

 This is a
Workshop-style event

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