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Image of text reading "National Autism Indicators Report: Children on the autism spectrum and family financial hardship" May 2020

National Autism Indicators Report: The Connection Between Autism and Financial Hardship

A new report from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University highlighted the financial challenges facing households of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States. According to the report, households of children with ASD experience higher levels of poverty, material hardship and medical expenses than households of children with other special health care needs.

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  • The d&mShop offers unique, personal gifts for friends and family, including jewelry, scarves and stationary. Support Local and Student Artists with One-of-a-Kind Gifts from Drexel’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop
    December 1, 2014

    Shop for unique, personalized gifts for family and friends at the d&mShop, a retail laboratory run by the Design & Merchandising students within the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. From jewelry to scarves to stationary, the shop features one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items created, developed and/or selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni of Drexel University, as well as local artists and boutiques.
  • conductive clay Shaping the Future of Energy Storage With Conductive Clay
    November 26, 2014

    In the race to find materials of ever increasing thinness, surface area and conductivity to make better performing battery electrodes, a lump of clay might have just taken the lead. Materials scientists from Drexel University’s College of Engineering invented the clay, which is both highly conductive and can easily be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. It represents a turn away from the rather complicated and costly processing—currently used to make materials for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors—and toward one that looks a bit like rolling out cookie dough with results that are even sweeter from an energy storage standpoint.
  • Maps show the prevalence of diabetes in Philadelphia zip codes in 2002 and 2010. Study Maps How City Neighborhoods Affect Diabetes Risk
    November 25, 2014

    A new Drexel study published this month in the journal Advances in Preventive Medicine adds new insight into the role of the physical and social environment on the risk of diabetes, zip code by zip code throughout Philadelphia.
  • The Math Forum-CueThink partnership brings together nationally recognized math education resources with an engaging new social learning platform for math education. Math Forum and CueThink Partner to Emphasize Social Interaction in Math Education
    November 24, 2014

    The Math Forum, the leading online math education community and a unit of Drexel University’s School of Education, and CueThink, a peer-to-peer iPad application for math problem solving, announced a partnership that will integrate the Math Forum’s award-winning problem-solving programs with CueThink’s social math learning platform. The partners aim to create new opportunities for teachers to address standards for developing mathematical thinking and to use technology strategically to enhance learning.
  • Entrepreneurial Game Studio Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio Gets Boost From State Economic Development Grant
    November 20, 2014

    Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio (EGS) is on its way to becoming a proving ground for enterprising young game developers. As part of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the studio, which was founded about two years ago by Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College, will take the next step toward becoming an educational business incubator for undergraduate students pursuing careers in game design.
  • water research Drexel, NJIT and Rowan to Concert Water Research Efforts
    November 18, 2014

    Researchers from Drexel University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rowan University are aligning themselves with government, private and advocacy groups in hopes of solving challenges that affect the region’s water resources. The research alliance, supported by scholars from all three academic institutions, will function as a data resource, a policy think tank and a lab for creating new technology.
  • An emergency responder exits an ambulance From Big-Data Injury Prevention to Mapping Travel for Prenatal Care: Drexel Public Health Research at APHA 2014
    November 18, 2014

    Researchers from Drexel University presented research on a wide range of public health topics emphasizing urban health challenges, geographic methods in public health, community resilience and more, at the 142nd annual meeting and exposition of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans.
  • Drexel President John A. Fry in Drexel's Main Building Drexel President John Fry to Chair Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf’s Transition Team
    November 14, 2014

    Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has announced Drexel University President John A. Fry will serve as chair of his transition team.
  • Map of Pennsylvania with counties shaded to show number of individuals with autism receiving services in each county Pennsylvania Autism Census Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers
    November 13, 2014

    Pennsylvania’s Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT), has released the Pennsylvania Autism Census Update for 2014, which estimates that there are over 55,000 children and adults with autism receiving services, almost triple the number initially identified in 2009.
  • A doctor interacts with a patient while using a laptop computer How “Psychosocial Vital Signs” in Electronic Medical Records Can Improve Medical Care and Public Health
    November 13, 2014

    A committee convened by the Institute of Medicine, including Drexel's Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, has released a set of recommendations of 12 social and behavioral measures that should be collected as part of patients’ electronic health records.
  • The 2014 Philly Chef Conference featured a whole pig butchery demonstration by Dean Carlson of Wyebrook Farm and Andrew Wood of Russet. Top Chefs and Rising Stars Discuss the Future of Philadelphia’s Restaurant Scene at Drexel’s 2015 Philly Chef Conference
    November 13, 2014

    World-renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city will come together to discuss key issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques at the 2015 Philly Chef Conference. Hosted by Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, the conference will take place on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 11 – 12.
  • DAC Pack Drexel Basketball Set to Tip Off 2014-15 Season
    November 12, 2014

    Drexel’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their respective seasons this weekend and begin their quest for a Colonial Athletic Association title. The men are on the road against Colorado on Friday, Nov. 14; while the women host Cornell on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
  • J. Hernandez and Victoria Rose Bonito in "Blood Wedding." Photo by Only Two Weeks Left to See “Blood Wedding” by Drexel and Philadelphia Artists’ Collective
    November 11, 2014

    Only two weeks remain to see a rare staging of Federico García Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” as the Philadelphia Artists' Collective (PAC) teams up with students from Drexel University’s Co-Op Theatre Company in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to present the classic tragedy of revenge and deception. The show will run through Nov. 23 at Drexel’s Mandell Theater (3201 Chestnut St.).
  • David Kim taught a master class for selected students from the Drexel University Orchestra in preparation for a concert on Nov. 23. Photo credit: C. Shan Cerrone. Philadelphia Orchestra’s David Kim Joins Drexel University Orchestra for Concert
    November 11, 2014

    World-famous violinist and concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim will join the Drexel University Orchestra from Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design for a concert on Sunday, Nov. 23 in the Main Auditorium in Drexel’s Main Building (3141 Chestnut St.), beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • The bill that created National PTSD Awareness Day does not acknowledge that PTSD exists among civilians. Federal Legislation Ignores PTSD Toll on Civilians
    November 11, 2014

    Federal laws explicitly addressing post-traumatic stress disorder have overwhelmingly focused on the needs of military personnel and veterans, according to a new study by a Drexel public health professor. It's the first study to examine how public policy addresses traumatic stress and PTSD.

  • MXene-polymer airplane Bending — But Not Breaking — In Search of New Materials
    November 10, 2014

    Making a paper airplane in school used to mean trouble. Today it signals a promising discovery in materials science research that could help next-generation technology –like wearable energy storage devices- get off the ground. Researchers at Drexel University and Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold, but strong enough to support many times its own weight. They believe it can be used to improve electrical energy storage, water filtration and radiofrequency shielding in technology from portable electronics to coaxial cables.
  • Sonny Vaccaro is a former marketing executive and college athlete advocate Sonny Vaccaro Joins Drexel for Annual Sport for Social Change Conference
    November 7, 2014

    Sonny Vaccaro, one of the most “influential and controversial” (Washington Post) figures in sports, will join Drexel University on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 – 14 as the keynote speaker for its annual Sport for Social Change Conference. The conference will feature discussions on social justice in sport, athlete’s rights, the future of the NCAA, the misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport and youth participation in sport. The conference is hosted by the Drexel University Sport Management Student Union (SMTSU), an undergraduate student organization, and the Department of Sport Management in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management.
  • Awards from the 2013 National Distance Learning Week celebration Drexel Online Celebrates National Distance Learning Week
    November 7, 2014

    Drexel University Online will celebrate National Distance Learning Week with its eighth annual awards ceremony, honoring exceptional leaders, faculty and staff for their accomplishments and dedication to online learning.
  • Photo of Parham and Geltzer Drexel Board of Trustees Appoints New Members
    November 5, 2014

    Drexel has appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are Richelle Parham, chief marketing officer at eBay North America, and David R. Geltzer, founder/CEO of the Geltzer Family Foundation.
  • Frederick Wiseman Pioneering Documentarian Frederick Wiseman Coming to Drexel
    November 4, 2014

    Frederick Wiseman, the man who has held a mirror to American society and institutions through a prolific career in documentary film making, will hold a series of lectures and discussions about his art during a two-day residency at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in November.

  • Drexel's Parkway Health & Wellness site is located on the second floor of the Three Parkway building at 1601 Cherry Street, adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and LOVE Park in Center City, Philadelphia. Drexel Opens Parkway Health & Wellness Clinic in Center City
    November 3, 2014

    Drexel has opened a 23,000-square-foot facility in the heart of Center City Philadelphia that includes a new, central home for clinical services and research for the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
  • Photo for Drexel and Indepence Blue Cross partnership Independence Blue Cross and Drexel Team on Research Partnership
    October 31, 2014

    The Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation announced a new collaboration with Drexel on several research projects aimed at improving the delivery of health care.

  • View of rail yard from Drexel Park PennDOT Announces $2.5 Million Award for 30th Street Station District Plan
    October 31, 2014

    Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch visited Drexel on Oct. 30 to announce a $2.5 million award from the Commonwealth to support the “Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan.”
  • secondary oraganic aerosols Clean Smell Doesn't Always Mean Clean Air
    October 29, 2014

    Some of the same chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere as a result of smog and ozone are actually taking place in your house while you are cleaning. A researcher in Drexel’s College of Engineering is taking a closer look at these reactions, which involve an organic compound -called limonene- that provides the pleasant smell of cleaning products and air fresheners. His research will help to determine what byproducts these sweet-smelling compounds are adding to the air while we are using them to remove germs and odors.
  • Carla Hall from ABC’s “The Chew” Serves Southern-Style Recipes at Food Truck during Drexel Pep Rally
    October 28, 2014

    “Top Chef” finalist and ABC’s “The Chew” co-host Carla Hall plans to open a number of casual, Nashville-inspired restaurants called Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen – and she has recruited students from Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management to help her with everything from recipe development to picking a location.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m., Hall and some students will test out menu items for the new restaurant by taking over a food truck in front of Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center (33rd and Market St.), where they will be cooking up free samples of Carla’s hot chicken, macaroni and cheese, braised greens and fresh lemonade before the Drexel Basketball Tip-Off Event, which begins at 6 p.m.

  • The #snap4SNAP campaign beginning Oct. 30 is partly inspired by Witnesses to Hunger, and will celebrate 50 years of food stamps and their success protecting public health. #snap4SNAP Celebrates Food Stamps' Half Century Protecting Public Health
    October 28, 2014

    A Drexel research program has spawned a nationwide social media campaign to celebrate the many benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on its 50th anniversary, promoting children's health and supporting working parents.

  • Lee Gutkind, founder of the literary magazine Creative Nonfiction, will join Drexel Nov. 3 How to Write True Stories about Science and Society: The ‘Godfather of Creative Nonfiction’ Joins Drexel for Workshop
    October 23, 2014

    Lee Gutkind, “the ‘Godfather’ behind creative nonfiction” (Vanity Fair), will join Drexel University on Monday, Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for a workshop and discussion to help faculty, students and other scholars, researchers and academics learn how to write about their research for a broad audience. The event aims to help those who have a passion to share their knowledge outside of the classroom, laboratory or institution to communicate their ideas to the public to advance knowledge and create new dialogue.
  • Nancy Songer, PhD, is the dean of Drexel's School of Education Drexel Urban Education Series to Discuss Potential of Promise Zone
    October 22, 2014

    A diverse group of educators, organizations, parents, students and researchers who are interested in education in Philadelphia will come together at Drexel University on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. Attendees will collaboratively define “urban education” and determine how that shared understanding informs the promise, potential and possibilities in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone neighborhood bordering Drexel and beyond. The discussion is part of the Critical Conversations in Urban Education series hosted by Drexel’s School of Education.

  • David Kim is a world-famous violinist and concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra Philadelphia Orchestra’s David Kim Joins Drexel University Orchestra for Master Class and Concert
    October 21, 2014

    World-famous violinist and concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim will join the Drexel University Orchestra from Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design this fall for a master class and concert.

  • Photo of Joseph Torsella National Constitution Center Founder Named Visiting Fellow at Drexel
    October 17, 2014

    Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella (Ret.) has been named Drexel University Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Public Policy for the duration of this academic year. He will contribute to the teaching and scholarship undertaken by Drexel’s Center for Public Policy, and in particular help advance the Center’s efforts to facilitate public policy discussion and debate in the region.

  • Drexel students will help Project HOME make and jar “Sister Mary’s Sinfully Delicious Cranberry Sauce.” Drexel Students Will Help Project HOME Make and Jar Cranberry Sauce to Raise Money to End Homelessness
    October 17, 2014

    Just in time for the holidays, students from Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will team up with Project HOME on Oct. 28 at the Free Library of Philadelphia to make and jar cranberry sauce. All of the proceeds from the sales of the sauce will support Project HOME’s initiatives to provide job training for formerly homeless individuals.
  • Drexel police vehicle Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement to Evaluate Drexel Police
    October 16, 2014

    A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will visit Drexel to evaluate all aspects of the Drexel University Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.
  • Ebola in Uganda Drexel Study Questions 21-Day Quarantine Period For Ebola
    October 15, 2014

    As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases of Ebola Virus in the United States, many of the safety and treatment procedures for treating the virus and preventing its spread are being reexamined. One of the tenets for minimizing the risk of spreading the disease has been a 21-day quarantine period for individuals who might have been exposed to the virus. But a new study by Charles Haas, PhD, a professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering, suggests that 21 days might not be enough to completely prevent spread of the virus.
  • Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania Jim Cawley and Drexel trustees along with Drexel president John A. Fry Drexel’s Innovation Neighborhood Receives $5 Million Grant from Commonwealth
    October 14, 2014

    Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Jim Cawley visited Drexel University’s campus on Oct. 10 and announced a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to assist in the development of the University’s Innovation Neighborhood development project.
  • Allen Bernstein, seen in an Army photo (between 1940-1944), with a composite of the front page of his manuscript MILLIONS OF QUEERS from 1940 Major LGBT History Discovery Brings Veteran's Life Story to Light
    October 10, 2014

    Researchers have discovered a previously unknown 149-page manuscript from 1940 defending homosexuality, and documented the remarkable life of its author, a gay Jewish World War II veteran.
  • The chilling and powerful play has become a classic of 20th century theater. Drexel and Philadelphia Artists’ Collective Team Up to Present Classic Spanish Tragedy “Blood Wedding”
    October 9, 2014

    A lover awaits. A bride runs away. A celebration becomes a nightmare. Federico García Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” will have a rare staging in Philadelphia as the Philadelphia Artists' Collective (The PAC) teams up with students from Drexel University’s Co-Op Theatre Company in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to present the classic tragedy of revenge and deception. The show will run from Nov. 6 – 23 at Drexel’s Mandell Theater (3201 Chestnut St.).
  • More than 220 employers were involved in the Fall Career Fair. Employers Line up at Drexel’s Fall Career Fair
    October 9, 2014

    More than 220 employers lined up to recruit from more than 1,700 students at Drexel University’s Fall Career Fair on Oct. 9.
  • A mother and child receive free children's books at 11th Street Loves to Read Day. 11th Street Health Center Hosts Reading and Resource Day for Children and Parents
    October 9, 2014

    Book readings, activities for children, a book giveaway, educational resources, insurance enrollment and health and wellness resources for parents and guardians were among the activities at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University's “11th Street Loves to Read Day.”
  • This illustration for the novel "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells shows a Martian fighting-machine battling with the warship Thunder Child. ‘War of the Worlds’ Opens at Drexel on Halloween Night, Free Admission for those in Costume
    October 6, 2014

    This Halloween night, the Drexel Co-op Theatre Company in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will open its version of “War of the Worlds” at the URBN Center Annex’s Black Box Theater (3401 Filbert St.).  The show will run from Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. On opening night – Halloween, Oct. 31 – attendees who come dressed in costume will receive free admission.
  • Mitchell Hurwitz Meet the Man Behind the Bluths
    October 3, 2014

    Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of the award-winning sitcom “Arrested Development” will be at Drexel University on Tuesday, Oct. 21 for a far-ranging conversation about the iconic show, his career as a successful writer/producer and a look ahead to the future of television.

  • stem cells 3D Drexel Engineers Use 3-D Gaming Gear to Give Biologists an Eye-Opening Look at Cells in Action
    October 3, 2014

    For hundreds of years biologists have studied cells through the lens of a microscope. With a little help from a team of engineers at Drexel University, these scientists could soon be donning 3-D glasses in a home-theater-like lab to take their own fantastic voyage into the petri dish.
  • LiveNote Philadelphia Orchestra to Premiere Drexel-Designed Interactive Concert App for Mobile Devices
    October 2, 2014

    The Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with engineers from Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, is launching a mobile app that will change the way audiences experience musical performances.
  • Drexel Opens Perelman Plaza:A Transformed Hub in the Heart of Campus
    October 1, 2014

    Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel University transformed the center of its campus along 32nd Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets. The resulting hub, known as the Raymond G. Perelman Plaza, opened to the campus community on Sept. 30. The University marked the occasion with a celebration and dedication ceremony.

  • Infrascanner Drexel Biomedical Engineers to Help Upgrade Brain Injury Detection Device Used by Navy and Marines
    October 1, 2014

    A team of researchers from Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems has been called on to help upgrade a handheld brain scanning device used by the military to assess injuries in the field. InfraScan, Inc., a Philadelphia-based medical technology firm specializing in brain injury diagnostics, will be working with the group of biomedical engineers for the next three years to improve Infrascanner™ -a tool that saves lives by detecting severe head injuries.
  • Drexel engineering students Drexel and Lockheed Martin Partner to Develop Engineering Leadership Program
    September 29, 2014

    Drexel University and Lockheed Martin are working together to nurture the engineering students who show an acuity for leadership. The corporation is partnering with the University’s College of Engineering to create the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Program, a track of courses, activities, mentoring and experiences designed to help students identify and develop their leadership abilities.
  • stock image depicting genetics research NIH Policies Influence Scientists’ Data-Sharing Behavior, According to Drexel-Led Study
    September 26, 2014

    Policies intended to increase the sharing of scientific resources among life science investigators appear to be working, according to a study led by a researcher in Drexel University’s School of Public Health. But the survey also identified some unexpected problems.
  • Evening wedge by Salvatore Ferragamo, black silk ottoman and satin with silver kid, circa 1940, Italy. Gift of Mrs. Robert G. McKay. Italy Comes to Philly with “Men of the Cloth” Film Screening and Italian Footwear Event at Drexel
    September 26, 2014

    Italian fashion and culture descend on Philadelphia this October, with two events hosted by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design – a screening of a new documentary on Italian master tailors on Oct. 2 and a seminar on the rich history of Italian footwear on Oct. 15. The events are part of Ciao Philadelphia, a month-long celebration of Italian arts, culture and industry, organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.
  • Drexel Becomes First University to Host a Permanent Therapy Dog in a Recreation Center
    September 25, 2014

    Thanks to its newest employee, Drexel University has become the first university in the country whose recreation center hosts an on-site therapy dog year-round. Drexel is also the first college in the Greater Philadelphia area to retain a therapy dog on campus.

  • West Catholic Prep cheerleaders at Maguire Field Drexel and West Catholic Prep Officially Open Athletics Field
    September 24, 2014

    West Catholic Preparatory High School and Drexel University celebrated the official opening of an open-grass area located within Drexel’s Vidas Athletic Complex that was converted into a synthetic field for both institutions to use. A $1.5 million gift from the Maguire Foundation made the transformation possible.
  • Kenneth Lacovara, PhD (center) speaks with a crowd of community members in attendance at the Mantua Township Community Fossil Dig Day. A World-Class Fossil Dig, a One-of-a-Kind Community Event
    September 24, 2014

    More than a thousand residents and visitors to southern New Jersey will dig their own fossils and learn from the Drexel University paleontologist and students who conduct globally significant scientific research at Mantua Township's third annual Community Fossil Dig Day.