Socials for Adults with Autism & Their Caregivers
Autism Speaks’ Autism Response Team
Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.
Employment Tool Kit from Autism Speaks
This Employment Tool Kit helps you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.
Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards you, we know that families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment will also find this resource helpful.
Elopement Patterns & Caregiver Strategies Research Study
A 2012 Interactive Autism Network study of more than 1,200 families with children between the ages of 4 and 17 found that parents reported that nearly half of children with ASD had attempted to elope at least once. The study also found that the risk for elopement increased with the severity of autism. Nearly half of those parents said that their child eloped with the intention to go somewhere or do something, while only a tenth reported that their child eloped because he/she was confused, sad and lost.1
IAN Research is now delving deeper into the elopement and wandering patterns of children and dependent adults with autism, and looking at the prevention strategies that caregivers implement, in ourElopement Patterns and Caregiver Strategies Research Study.
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?
- All parents of children with ASD ages 4 and older are eligible to participate
- Legally authorized representatives of adults with ASD ages 18 and older
Eligibility does not require a history of elopement and we encourage all families to participate.
Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards. See the attachment for additional information.
Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD’s: Video
This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network. The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT, has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.
This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.
Anxiety Research Study (No family history of ASD’s)
May 6, 2016 Announcement
The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment is conducting a new Study: Sensory over-responsivity (SOR) is a highly prevalent feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD): an estimated 50-75% of children with ASD experience SOR, ranging from general discomfort to distress in loud or complex environments. SOR appears to be linked with increased anxiety in autism, and parents report that SOR symptoms are among the most disruptive aspects of everyday life. It is unknown whether anxiety and SOR are linked and what biological mechanisms may cause SOR and anxiety in ASD and whether these systems are specific only to ASD. This study will use brain imaging (MRI) and physiological measurements (e.g., heart rate) to determine how children with anxiety, ASD, and non-affected children respond to sensory stimuli with the goal of determining how these systems are alike and how they differ.
Participants will receive $75 for their participation and receive a picture of their brain! We are currently looking for children between the ages of 8 and 17, who have a clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder, and have no family history of ASD.
If you are interested in hearing more about the study, please feel free to contact our Research Coordinator Hilary Bowman at 310-825-5326 at anytime. We would love to chat on the phone to discuss the study more and make sure they would qualify.