The National Autism Data Center: Building Gauges to Measure National Progress on Transition Outcomes

The National Autism Data Center: Building Gauges to Measure National Progress on Transition Outcomes


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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Webinar Description:

There is a high rate of unemployment and underemployment among individuals on the autism spectrum. Paul Shattuck, founder of the National Autism Data Center, will describe the Center's activities with special emphasis on national indicators related to transition. Participants will learn about the range of information products available through Dr. Shattuck's center and plans for additional transition research projects. Shattuck's team reports that young adults on the autism spectrum often have worse employment outcomes in the first few years after high school than do peers who have other types of disabilities. Ms. Laura Ivanova Smith, UW LEND Advocate Faculty, will describe the support she received from her mother while transitioning out of high school and into college. She will also describe the challenges she faced seeking employment and in the working environment and strategies she used to overcome these challenges.

A Webinar from AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG)


Dr. Paul Shattuck, Director of the Life Course Outcomes Research Program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, studies experiences and services that promote positive outcomes for people on the autism spectrum, their families and communities. Dr. Shattuck's published studies have been formally recognized by federal agencies and private advocacy groups as some the most important research in the field. Findings from this work have already helped shape our understanding of autism by equipping families and policy makers with accurate and timely "news they can use." Dr. Shattuck's work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, Autism Speaks, the Emch Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Organization for Autism Research. His research publications have appeared in high-impact scientific journals including Pediatrics, Psychiatric Services, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has also written op-ed pieces that have appeared in leading newspapers including the New York Times.  He also consults routinely with legislators and advocacy organizations.


Laura Ivanova Smith  Ivanova Smith completed a two year fellowship as the first UW LEND Advocate Fellow from September 2014 through June 2016. Ms. Smith is a leader in the Washington State Self-Advocacy movement and leads a chapter of People First in Pierce County. Ms. Smith is the Co-Chair of the Self-Advocate In Leadership, SAIL, a developmental disability focused legislative advocacy organization. Ms. Smith was hired as the first UW LEND faculty in the summer of 2016. She will help to develop the advocacy discipline and mentor a UW LEND Advocate Fellow beginning Fall, 2016.


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