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Friday, October 14, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm

Refreshments will be served

Mitchell Auditorium
3128 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join us for a film screening of Trauma Warriors followed by a panel discussion about autism and trauma led by Dr. Valerie Paradiz, director of the Autistic Global Initiative, and Dr. Connor Kerns, Assistant Research Professor at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. The 40ÔÇÉminute film features adults with autism as they discuss the effects of trauma in childhood and their survivorship stories as adults. Many people with autism experience trauma and are bullied at school or as adults, harassed at the workplace or in public, often leading them down the difficult path of developing other disorders such as PTSD. This event is hosted by the Life Course Outcomes Research Program and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, and is free and open to the public. Preview a clip of the film.

Register here.


A Tale of Traffic and Smog: How the Air We Breathe Can Affect the Developing Brain

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
9:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Continental Breakfast provided 8:30 AM-9:00 AM

Behrakis Grand Hall
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Heather Volk highlighted recent findings from population-based research studies and explored how such findings may help inform etiologic research, as well as prevention efforts. In her talk, she reviewed the current literature spanning human and animal studies on what is currently known about air pollution effects on the developing brain and ASD. Dr. Volk’s research and work seeks to answer the questions, “How does prenatal and early life air pollution exposure affect the developing brain? What relevance does this have for Autism Spectrum Disorder?”

Presentation slides from Dr. Volk's talk are available here. 


Friday, October 16, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philadelphia Autism Project, the first municipal-level initiative to improve the lives of individuals living with autism, will host a one-day conference for self-advocates, family members, and professionals. This conference will provide concrete tools, innovative strategies, and vital resources for Philadelphians impacted by autism across the spectrum and lifespan. Attendees will directly connect with leaders in the education, clinical, policy, and research fields. Participants will learn about the project’s exciting new community engagement efforts and how the project can support individuals with autism and their families. This conference will also enhance individual-level advocacy skills and strengthen and unify Philadelphia’s grassroots advocacy movement to affect change.

The registration deadline is October 2. Register here



Asperger's Are Us Comedy Night poster

Friday, May 29, 2015
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Pizza and drinks will be available after the show

Mitchell Auditorium
3128 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Drexel University is excited to host Asperger's Are Us, the first-ever comedy troupe composed of people on the autism spectrum. They have performed absurdist and satirical sketches since 2010. The group's performance will be followed by pizza and a Q&A session. Admission is free. This event is brought to you by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel Autism Support Program, Drexel Learning Center, and the Office of Academic Advising, Retention, and Diversity.

To RSVP for show please click here. RSVP is preferred but not required.


Event Facebook Page
Asperger's Are Us Facebook Page
Trailer for Upcoming Documentary



Parent-Mediated Intervention in ASD:  Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
9:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Continental Breakfast provided 8:30 AM-9:00 AM

Nesbitt Hall: Ruth Auditorium
33rd & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Ingersoll will present an overview of parent-mediated intervention for young children with ASD, with a focus on the current evidence base. She will discuss challenges with the dissemination and implementation of existing evidence-supported models in community settings. Finally, she will consider the potential for increasing community adoption of parent-mediated approaches through the use of alternative development and evaluation frameworks. Examples from Project ImPACT, a community-focused parent-mediated intervention, will be used to highlight key concepts.

To RSVP for The Third Annual Autism Public Health Lecture please click here. RSVP is preferred but not required. 


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Creating Integrated Health Care Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This conference is presented by Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Drexel University Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

An interdisciplinary conference for healthcare professionals and students in nursing, medicine, dentistry, physical and occupational therapies, health counseling, health education and other health-related professions.

Keynote: Catherine Rice, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Speakers: James Connell, PhD, Psychologist and Behavioral Analyst, Drexel University
Marcia R. Gardner, PhD, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Seton Hall U
Jennifer Harrison Elder, PhD, RN, Associate Dean, University of Florida
David Mandell, ScD, Services Research Scientist, UPENN, School of Medicine
Judith Miller, PhD, Psychologist, The Children Hospital of Philadelphia
Craig Newschaffer, PhD, Epidemiologist, Drexel University
Romy Nocera, PhD, Director of Clinical Research Emergency Dept, Hahnemann Hospital
Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, Occupational/Rehabilitation Specialist, Temple University
Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, Epidemiologist, UPENN, School of Nursing
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, Project Director AJ Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel U
Margaret C. Souders, PhD, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, The Children Hospital of Philadelphia
Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, Pediatrician, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Carl V. Tyler, MD, MSc, Physician and Geriatrics Research Director, The Cleveland Clinic

Session Moderators include: Diana Robins, PhD; Paul Shattuck, PhD

Visit our website to register online
All attendees must register in advance

Main Conference Page

For more information or to be added to the mailing list, email or call

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Please join  

John A. Fry
President, Drexel University
as we proudly present

A. J. Drexel Autism Institute’s Mobile REACH
(Resources and Education for Autism and Community Health)

Thursday, May 29, 2014
2 - 4 p.m.

2 p.m. Presentation followed by Community Celebration and Tours
Drexel Quad
Between Chestnut & Market Streets / 32nd & 33rd Streets

For more information, contact
Angel Hogan at or 215.571.3443 

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute recently created a custom-outfitted van, called Mobile REACH, to extend autism outreach and clinical research activities into the community. Mobile REACH – for Resources and Education for Autism and Community Health – embodies the A. J. Drexel Autism Institute’s mission to address autism as a public health issue – providing access to information and services for autism, and doing so at a wide-reaching scale.
Mobile REACH will travel to individuals and families who aren’t able to easily reach West Philadelphia. The mobile outreach unit will travel throughout Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley and into suburban and rural Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware areas and will also go to community outreach events to help people learn about the A. J. Drexel Autism Institute, resources, services and supports available to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.