Community Engagement

Formal and informal relationships with individuals and organizations involved in the field of ASD outside the university have been established in the form of professional enrichment and programs in continuing education for ASD-related professionals in the field, and events for individuals, families and professionals coping with ASD.

One of the key distinguishing features of The Autism Center is its engagement with and relationship to the community. We are committed to working with the stakeholder community. ASD or a family member of someone with ASD will be involved in the various committees formed and will have input into the conceptualization and implementation of the programs being initiated.

Ongoing Programs

Ongoing Programs

In addition to our seminar, which is open to the public, we held our inaugural Family Education Day in June 2016 and will hold our second such event in June 2017. This program is designed specifically for individuals with ASD and their families to learn about the current state of the field.

We are also working on a section of our website that will contain information on current and future research projects, services, programming and resources for families and individuals.

Family Education Days

The annual “Family Education Days” (FED; inaugural FED took place in June 2016), during which families are invited to join us in reviewing the current state of knowledge in the field through the lens of clinical relevance. FEDs focus on specific topics (e.g. access to services, transition to adulthood, educational programming, support for siblings, etc.). These events are specifically targeted to parents, grandparents and other family members and caregivers of individuals with ASD, as well as to individuals with ASD themselves.



Professional Education Day

The annual “Professional Education Days” (PED; inaugural PED took place in March 2017), during which professionals are invited to join us in reviewing the current state of knowledge in the field through the lens of clinical relevance. These days are designed to bridge the gap between academia and the community of clinical, educational and policy professionals working to support individuals and families affected by ASD.

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Summer Institute

Every summer, beginning in July 2017, The Autism Center will host a “Summer Institute”, at which expert researchers and clinicians will present an overview and update on the state of ASD. These institutes will be designed for advanced students as well as professionals working in the field including, but not limited to, teachers, educators, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and caregivers.