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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.

healthy fats

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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Yasom Davis EAC

From Project SEARCH to the Philadelphia Airport: Yasom Davis's Story

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Yasom Davis went from autism diagnosis at age 3 to completing a Project SEARCH internship as a high school student. Now, he's a full-time employee at the Philadelphia Airport.

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shattuck

Driven to Improve Adult Lives

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

Dr. Paul Shattuck’s research seeks to understand the service needs of adults with autism, and the range of health and social outcomes they typically experience.

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robins

Racing to Provide Early Intervention

posted by: Jaime Fountaine

The Early Detection and Intervention research program seeks to link early screening to early diagnosis, which will lead to earlier and more effective interventions.

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PAC

Responding to Autism in Communities: Focus on the Justice System and First Responders

posted by: Autism Institute Staff

National news and local crises have reported that first responders, including police officers, may not be prepared to understand how autism may present in a crisis or how to take the first steps to help. The Policy and Analytics Center is tackling this issue head-on.

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in the field

Youth with Autism work with Student Conservation Association

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

A new collaboration with Drexel University enabled youth with autism to participate in the Student Conservation Association's Philadelphia area crews – something that has never been done before.

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Jackie Abrams

Eagles Autism Challenge: Passion for Helping Fuels Drexel Staff Member's Participation

posted by: Frank Otto

Jackie Abrams's passion for transition services drives her to bike and fundraise for the Eagles Autism Challenge on May 19.

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newschaffer

Searching for Preventable Causes

posted by: Bushraa Khatib

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Director Dr. Craig Newschaffer is one of the world’s premier autism researchers. He focuses on identifying modifiable risk factors that might lead to the prevention of adverse behavioral effects in certain individuals with autism.

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network

Mapping Support Networks During Times of Transition

posted by: Autism Institute Staff

Support systems for students with autism who are transitioning from pre-K to kindergarten and from middle to high school can be disrupted. One project aims to  measure and build supportive networks that bridge home, school and community.

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