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Outreach Core


Outreach and Communications Specialist: Bushraa Khatib
Project Manager, Philanthropic Initiatives: Meredith Bloom

The Outreach Core is the Autism Institute’s main connector to individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and caregivers, service providers and advocacy groups. The Outreach Core supports the Autism Institute's research mission and efforts to disseminate evidence-based clinical practices. In addition, the Outreach Core develops initiatives that are geared toward diverse communities affected by autism spectrum disorders – with special attention to underserved populations. Please check back for updates or contact us.

Drexel Autism Alumni Network

The Drexel Autism Alumni Network brings together alumni whose lives have been touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder. An affinity group is an organized group of alumni with shared interest and common bonds. In affiliation with the Autism Institute, this community of individuals will develop a larger knowledge base about autism, learn about cutting edge public health autism research, and work with its team of world class researchers. The group will share their experiences with autism, engage with other Drexel alumni, and develop goals and activities based on member interest as the network evolves. Contact Meredith Bloom with interest and questions.

Community Working Group

The Autism Institute Outreach Core convenes a community working group that meets annually. Contact us for updates.

Newsletter Archive

Drexel University's Academy of Natural Sciences Autism Training

A critical mission of the Outreach Core is to serve as a resource to the community for educational trainings on autism. During Autism Awareness Month (April), Drexel University's Academy of Natural Sciences hosted a training led by faculty and staff at the Autism Institute to help provide education about autism spectrum disorders and sensory issues that those on the autism spectrum may experience when visiting a science museum like the Academy of Natural Sciences. The training included a series of activities led by Dr. Jennifer Plumb and Dr. James Connell that helped highlight potential intervention strategies staff at the Academy of Natural Sciences can use for individuals with an autism diagnosis and their families visiting the Academy.