The research program, ASSISTID (Assistive Technologies for people with Autism and Intellectual Disability), aims to promote research into the development and application of assistive technologies. These technologies will enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and autism, their care providers, and families.
Harry A. Mackay, PhD, of UMass Medical School's Shriver Center, will be honored for his contributions to the field of behavior analysis with a career award on Saturday, May 24 during the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s annual convention in Chicago, Ill.
Emily Rubin, Director of Sibling Support at the Shriver Center, is the recipient of the Excellence in Family Leadership Award by the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL).
The Shriver Center recently received National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding through its collaborator, Praxis, Inc., to continue development and field-testing of a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response curriculum aimed at planning for the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, Family Faculty in the Shriver Center LEND Program and Instructor of Family Medicine and Community Health has been reappointed to serve as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Act Early Ambassador to Massachusetts for a two-year term.
The Act Early Ambassador project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification practices related to autism and developmental disorders.
An online course created at UMass Medical School provides parents of children on the autism spectrum with the information to help them understand their needs and complex education regimens, according to a Fox 25 Morning News segment.
UMass Medical School biological psychologist Curtis K Deutsch, PhD, told MedPage Today further investigation is needed to analyze the extent and statistical properties of brain disruption in children with autism described in a study.
UMass Medical School research has found that children with autism spectrum disorders are at equal or greater risk of developing obesity compared to their peers, according to an article in The Huffington Post.
UMass Medical School researchers are developing tools to help teach communications skills to nonverbal children on the autism spectrum who struggle to understand that pictures relate to real-life objects or events.
The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities Program, a 9-month leadership program in the field of developmental disabilities at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.