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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.

Reflections on Autism Research from the Netherlands

posted by: Elizabeth Kauffman

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Disaster Communications and Autism Study

posted by: Autism Institute Staff

A new Drexel study aims to understand more about the communication that families with autism spectrum disorders need during disasters.

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Reflections on the Eagles Autism Challenge

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

The first Eagles Autism Challenge was a success, raising $2.4 million and counting.

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A Spectrum of Experiences

posted by: The Philadelphia Autism Project Team

The Philadelphia Autism Project's first ever art show included over 80 works of art on display at City Hall during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

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Boosting your fundraising game

posted by: Meredith Bloom

With the Eagles Autism Challenge less than three weeks away, our philanthropy expert Meredith Bloom offers practical tips on how to boost your fundraising game.

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2017 IACC Report Includes Autism Institute Researchers

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Work by Dr. Diana Robins and Dr. Craig Newschaffer was included in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's 2017 report on the top 20 breakthroughs in autism research.

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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, 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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