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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.

AJ Drexel Autism Institute Receives Two Grants from Drexel's Rapid Response Research & Development Fund

posted by: Jaime Fountaine

This year, in honor of Juneteenth, and Drexel’s commitment to the necessary examination and eradication of racial inequalities, Drexel's Rapid Response Research & Development Fund focused on racial equity projects.

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Psychiatry Fellows Get First-hand Look at Autism Diagnostic Process

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

A new pilot program through the Autism Institute's Clinical Core offers fellows in Drexel's College of Medicine first-hand experience on how an autism diagnosis is made. 

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Autistic Perspectives Needed

posted by: Lindsay Shea et al

Autistic voices and perspectives are critical in shaping a service system that can effectively meet their needs.

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Taking Autism Interventions Home

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

The Autism Institute plugs parents of children on the autism spectrum into studies that show them how to use autism interventions at home.

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The Impact of Autism Services and Treatment in the Landmark Case Burke v. IBC

posted by: The Policy and Analytics Center

John Burke and his wife spent eight years in a legal battle to ensure that their son with autism received appropriate services in school. They paved the way for insurance coverage for autism services in Pennsylvania.

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The Role Male Sex Hormones Play In Autism Risk

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Males are about four times as likely as females to be diagnosed with autism, but experts still don’t know why. Researchers explored what role male sex hormones play in autism risk.

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The savvy professor’s guide to accommodating students with disabilities

posted by: Amy Edwards, Ed.D.

Drexel Autism Support Program Director Amy Edwards offers tips on diplomatically directing students with autism towards helpful campus resources.

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Autism Clues in Placental Veins and Arteries

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

The placenta plays an all-important role in controlling the fetal environment, yet has rarely been considered in studies of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism - until now.

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EARLI study unravels some of the mysteries of autism risk

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Researchers explore the potential link between a father's genes and autism risk. 

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