Four Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) TRIAD Practices Accepted into AMCHP Innovations Hub; One selected as award-winner

Four best practices emerging from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) were accepted into the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Innovations Hub Database. The Hub is an online platform that provides maternal and child health professionals and advocates with a variety of resources, including a searchable repository of "what's working" in the maternal and child health field.



Inclusive Pre-K Classrooms: Unlocking Potential

Ms. Diane Appel, Dr. Rebecca Landa, Ms. Shay Roemmich and Ms. Carrie Zetlmeisl were awarded funding from the Maryland State Department of Education for the Prekindergarten Expansion Grant Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders. This was one of only 50 grants awarded in a pool of 150 applicants for the 2022-2023 school year and we are thrilled that it enables us to further our mission of equity, diversity and inclusion at CARD



The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute Kicks off Meaningful Conversations with Autistic Self-Advocates

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute kicked off monthly Meaningful Conversations with autistic self-advocates on June 8, 2022. In the inaugural session, our guest was Ms. Katelyn Szymanski. Ms. Szymanski is a Behavior Associate at Itineris in Baltimore, MD, and has just completed undergraduate training in social work.


Upcoming Events

AIR-P Presents: Systems Approaches in Autism Services Research  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
4:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Dora Raymaker, on the following topics: -An overview of systems approaches to inquiry, including systems thinking and action research -An overview of relevant concepts and methodologies within these approaches, including leverage, generative causality, system dynamics, and critical systems heuristics -Using leverage to identify how to create to long-term change through intervention -Real-world examples of using systems approaches within autism employment research and public health

View Schedule    Read More >

AIR-P Research Day at Autism CARES 2022

AIR-P Research Day at Autism CARES 2022  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
2:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

This virtual, semi-annual event is an opportunity to highlight innovative life course intervention research  supported by the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).

View Schedule    Read More >


Past Events

AIR-P Presents: Autism in Girls and Women

AIR-P Presents: Autism in Girls and Women  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
4pm ET - 5pm ET
Location: Zoom

In this webinar, Dr. Christine Wu Nordahl will provided an overview of current research focused on understanding autism in girls and women. Topics included biological and clinical theories about: -the difference in the sex ratio of autism -current insights into neurobiological sex differences in autism -unique challenges faced by autistic girls and women

View Schedule    Read More >

 AIR-P Presents: Tele-therapy for autism during COVID-19: A survey of parents in Southern California

AIR-P Presents: Tele-therapy for autism during COVID-19: A survey of parents in Southern California  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Zoom

In this webinar, Dr. Kristen Choi will discuss emerging evidence on using telehealth to deliver therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder (e.g., speech therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavior analysis). Using data from a recent survey of parents in Southern California, the mental health impact of the pandemic on parents and their children will be discussed, as well as how COVID-related stress affected perceptions of telehealth.

View Schedule    Read More >


Autism Special Interest Group (SIG)

SIG Mission Statement

The goal of this special interest group is to improve the qualaity of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. We are an interdisciplinary, inclusive group that values active participation by all stakeholes, including autistic individuals, family members, clinicians, educators, and researchers. 

Current Activities
Past Activities 


SIG Leadership 


  • Brian Be, JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Dr. Laura Carpenter, South Carolina LEND Program at the Medical University of South Carolina
Vice Chairs
  • Gyasi Burks-Abbott, LEND Program at Boston Children's Hospital and UMass Boston's Institute for Community Inclusion
  • Anjali Rao, University of Chicago


The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) provides technical assistance to LENDs and DBPs to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The ITAC website contains news, resources, and information tailored for LENDs and DPBs as well as the medical and public health communities and families of children with ASD/DD. ITAC and its projects were designed in collaboration with federal staff, program directors, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.