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Policy Impact Project

The Policy Impact Project is a joint venture of the Policy and Analytics Center, under the direction of Dr. Lindsay Shea, and the Life Course Outcomes research program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University. This project was created in response to the need for changes in policy – today – to address the needs of autistic people and their families in the U.S. In some cases, the need for policy changes is specific to autism, but often, changes to policy that impact broader populations are necessary to improve outcomes for autistic people and their families.  But academics have historically focused on producing science – not disseminating it beyond the ivory tower. And policymakers do not have the time to sift through the content of scientific journals. A profound disconnect exists between the worlds of research and policy.  We aim to flip this paradigm. The Policy Impact Project will use research findings to propel systems-level policy solutions that improve the lives of people with autism and other developmental disabilities by facilitating the translation of research into policy.

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