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A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Researcher Awarded $11 Million Grant to Investigate Early Intervention Efforts

A researcher from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute received a $11 million Autism Centers of Excellence grant from the NIH to look into how early detection and treatment efforts lead to better outcomes for children on the spectrum.

The Project SEARCH interns and instructors.

Autism Institute Celebrates First Class of Project SEARCH Graduates

Drexel University and its community partners recognized the accomplishments of the eight Philadelphia School District students who represented the first class of Project SEARCH, a new program aimed at getting youth with autism into the workplace and prepared for life after high school.
Cover photo for the National Autism Indicators Report 2017: Developmental Disability Services and Outcomes in Adulthood

27 Percent of Adults with Autism Who Use State Disability Services Have No Work or Other Activities: National Autism Indicators Report 2017

In its latest annual report, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute examined a survey of adults who use developmental disability services and found that a significant number with autism are not engaged in work or day activities outside the home.
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon was chosen as the 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection.

Drexel Unites to Promote One Book, One Philadelphia

Though Drexel has participated in the annual community book club for years, this marks the first year of interdisciplinary collaboration and panel discussions.

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Anxiety Measure for Children with Autism Found Reliable

In children on the spectrum, anxiety is often masked by the symptoms of autism. But a new variant to a standard anxiety screening method has now proven effective in separating the two and leading to important diagnoses.
President John A. Fry speaks at a lecture on Drexel's history

Drexel's History Is Alive in the Present, President John A. Fry Says at Lecture

The University's leader looked forward while keeping an eye on the past at a lecture on the first 125 years of Drexel history and its next 25.
A child holding up one of his baby teeth.

Autism Researchers Looking at Baby Teeth to Identify Risk Factors

A group of autism researchers led by Drexel’s Craig Newschaffer will use new technology to study the baby teeth of children who have siblings with autism — considered high-risk already — to determine if they’re more likely to develop the disorder if exposed to chemicals in the womb.
PCB transformers, which contain chemicals like the ones in the study found to increase the risk of autism when there are high levels of exposure.

Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Linked to Increased Autism Risk Today

A group of man-made chemicals used in some pesticides and insulating materials banned in the 1970s continues to linger in the United States, and new research by a Drexel University professor and colleagues found that high levels of exposure to some of them during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a child being diagnosed with autism by roughly 80 percent.
Kevin McNamara authored "Dreams of a Great Small Nation."

Employee Spotlight: Kevin J. McNamara

This chief development officer recently published a book about an obscure yet epic piece of history about WWI and the Russian Revolution — with an assist from some Drexel Dragons.
The 2016 National Autism Indicators Report: Vocational Rehabilitation logo.

Drexel’s National Autism Indicators Report: More Than Half Leave Vocational Rehabilitation with Jobs, But Most Earn Wages Below Poverty Line

In the second edition of the annual A.J. Drexel Autism Institute’s annual National Autism Indicators Report series, researchers looked at Vocational Rehabilitation, a federally-funded employment program, administered by each state, for people with disabilities. They found that adults with autism are increasingly applying for services, but most are getting jobs that pay well below the poverty line.
Logo for the National Autism Indicators Report 2015: Transition into Young Adulthood

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute’s Report Cited as ‘Influential’ By Federal Autism Committee

The National Autism Indicators Report was selected by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee as one of the most influential pieces of research of 2015.
Diana Robins, PhD, of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, plays with a toddler who is in the age range that she believes all children should be screened for autism spectrum disorder. Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Toddler Screening Essential for Autism Detection Despite National Task Force’s Reservation

Given that earlier diagnoses have been found to be more beneficial for treating children on the autism spectrum, a Drexel professor and her colleagues believe universal screening in 18–24 month-old children remains essential, despite a federal task force deciding there is insufficient evidence to recommend it.