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The A-Blog

A Blog of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is the first research organization dedicated to bringing a public health approach to understanding and addressing the challenges of autism spectrum disorders. The Institute’s interdisciplinary team of world-class researchers explores autism’s characteristics, causes and consequences to develop community-based action to improve the quality of life for individuals of all ages with autism.

The work we do here at the Autism Institute encompasses the entire lifespan, including autism risk factors during pregnancy, to early diagnosis and intervention during early childhood, all the way through transitioning to education, employment, and beyond in adulthood. Whether it’s preparing high school students diagnosed with autism for a job after graduation or looking at how a mother’s diet might influence the chances of a newborn developing autism, our initiatives and projects work to advance our understanding of autism every day.

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A First 5K to Fund Autism Research

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Dr. Jennifer Plumb's race to the finish line in the Eagle's Autism Challenge on May 19 is also an exercise in making Philadelphia a true hub of autism research.

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Adrienne Walls

Adrienne Walls, Future Supervisor

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Adrienne Walls is one of six students with autism who completed Project SEARCH internships at Drexel University and were ultimately placed in full-time employment at the Philadelphia International Airport.

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Exploring How Dietary Factors Might Influence Autism Risk

posted by: Jaime Fountaine

A new study is one of the first to look at prenatal levels of the polyunsaturated fatty acids that are critical to brain development in relation to autism risk. Maternal diet is the main source of these fatty acids for the developing brain.

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From Project SEARCH to the Philadelphia Airport: Yasom Davis's Story

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Yasom Davis went from autism diagnosis at age 3 to completing a Project SEARCH internship as a high school student. Now, he's a full-time employee at the Philadelphia Airport.

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Driven to Improve Adult Lives

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Dr. Paul Shattuck’s research seeks to understand the service needs of adults with autism, and the range of health and social outcomes they typically experience.

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Racing to Provide Early Intervention

posted by: Jaime Fountaine

The Early Detection and Intervention research program seeks to link early screening to early diagnosis, which will lead to earlier and more effective interventions.

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Responding to Autism in Communities: Focus on the Justice System and First Responders

posted by: Autism Institute Staff

National news and local crises have reported that first responders, including police officers, may not be prepared to understand how autism may present in a crisis or how to take the first steps to help. The Policy and Analytics Center is tackling this issue head-on.

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Youth with Autism work with Student Conservation Association

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

A new collaboration with Drexel University enabled youth with autism to participate in the Student Conservation Association's Philadelphia area crews – something that has never been done before.

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Eagles Autism Challenge: Passion for Helping Fuels Drexel Staff Member's Participation

posted by: Frank Otto

Jackie Abrams's passion for transition services drives her to bike and fundraise for the Eagles Autism Challenge on May 19.

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