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1/12/2022

Excellence in Autism Support Award Goes to Delaware UCEDD Research Manager

For her "Outstanding Research on Autism in Higher Education," Jessica Monahan, research manager with the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies' Spectrum Scholars program, has won an inaugural Excellence in Autism Support award from the College Autism Network.

 
 

1/12/2022

KU and UNC Collaborate on Propel Project

Launched in 2020, the Propel Project will examine the impact of a comprehensive intervention combining the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction and Peer Supports, on academic, social, and functional outcomes for autistic secondary students in inclusive general education classrooms. This collaboration between the University of Kansas (KU) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) is led by KU Center on Developmental Disabilities Director (KUCDD) Karrie A. Shogren, KU Juniper Gardens Children's Project Director Brian Boyd, KUCDD Assistant Research Professor Sheida K. Raley, and UNC Associate Professor Kara Hume.

 
 

1/12/2022

Wisconsin UCEDD SaferKids Program

Benji is a bright-eyed and energetic six-year-old. He and his two brothers keep their mom, , constantly on her toes. But Benji, who was recently diagnosed with autism, was exhibiting some behaviors that were leaving his mother fearful for his safety. While at the Waisman Center Benji's mother mentioned her concerns to one of the clinic's family navigators. That's when she was told about the Waisman Center's SafterKids program.

 
 
 

Upcoming Events

AIR-P Presents: How can we use an understanding of the neurodiversity movement to develop socially valid supports for autistic people?

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Zoom

After introducing common aims and controversies surrounding the neurodiversity movement, this presentation will empirically examine how support for the neurodiversity movement intersects with perspectives about socially valid "intervention" goal among autistic and non-autistic stakeholders.

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Past Events

IACC Full Committee Virtual Meeting

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Location: NIH Videocast

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will be holding a virtual full committee meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual meeting is free and will be accessible to the public via NIH Videocast. The Committee welcomes public comments, which are due by Friday, January 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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AIR-P Presents: Bolstering Autistic College Students' Mental Health and Wellness

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Zoom

Drawing on findings from his dissertation research, Nachman discusses how autistic college students make sense of and reconcile challenges related to their mental health and wellness. He describes the influence of an autism-specific college support program in enabling students to think through emergent issues and determine solutions that support their well-being. Nachman will relay study insights and practical recommendations for colleges to implement.

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AIR-P Presents: What's Medicaid Got to Do with It? National Research and State Innovation to Improve Health Outcomes

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Join us for updates on how the latest national research indicates autistic individuals are gaining, maintaining, and using Medicaid that point toward areas for policy and program change. Experiences from Pennsylvania, a state with two of the first and only Medicaid programs to serve autistic adults, will describe how practice is unfolding on the ground and where research is needed to improve health outcomes.

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AIR-P Presents: Utilizing a Cross-system Framework to Guide Research on Autism and Criminal Justice Intersections: Implications for Physical Health Outcomes

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Research demonstrates that autistic individuals interact with the criminal justice system at high rates. These interactions consequently are risk factors to physical, behavioral, and mental health, as well as the overall wellbeing of autistic individuals. The Global Autism and Criminal Justice Consortium was developed to address this issue and respond to calls from the autism community to prioritize criminal justice concerns.

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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. 

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SIG Leadership 

Co-Chairs

  • 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
 
 
 
 

ITAC

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.

www.aucd.org/itac.