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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.

Burke and sons

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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Early Detection Making a Difference

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

After her daughter's early autism diagnosis through a study at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Amanda Crouse says autism awareness has become her life.

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posted by: Katherine Sand

Autism Institute staffer Katherine Sand reviews Netflix's show featuring a boy on the autism spectrum in anticipation of season two.

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Reflections on Autism Research from the Netherlands

posted by: Elizabeth Kauffman

Autism Institute Staffer Elizabeth Kauffman reflects on the visionary science presented at the 2018 INSAR meeting.

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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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