MEETING OF THE MINDS FORUM:
AUTISM, ADVOCACY & ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
On March 9, 2016, the NLM Family Foundation and Friends of the Autism Center of Massachusetts Advocates for Children are co-sponsoring an event titled, "Meeting of the Minds Forum: Autism, Advocacy, & Assistive Technology" at Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge, MA. Professor Rosalind Picard, Founder & Director of the Affective Computing Group at MIT Media Lab, will give a presentation titled, "What's Next? ...Communicating Through Technology." All are welcome. Suggested donation $50, $100, $250. For registration details, please visit the Massachusetts Advocates for Children website.
TRANSCEND RESEARCH GROUP SEEKS STUDY PARTICIPANTS
The TRANSCEND Research Group at Mass General Hospital is recruiting participants with typical development and autism spectrum disorders for their study comparing typical development to the development and sensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorders (children ages 6-17). Compensation is $20-$50/hr plus parking and travel expenses. Weekend and evening slots are available. Children will receive a toy with each visit and a picture of their brain. Because there is an MRI component of the study, the official cutoff is a non-verbal IQ of 70 or higher. Those interested in participating should contact TRANSCEND at (617) 966-9766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DENTAL CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
NLMFF grantee, Dr. David Tesini, a dentist in Sudbury, MA, recently released a new DVD of his D-termined program that teaches dental professionals how to familiarize an individual with autism with a dental visit. His work is mentioned in a recent New York Times article: For Children with Autism, Opening the Door to Dental Care
CONVERSATIONS ON AUTISM AND SIGN LANGUAGE:
UNLOCKING THE EMERGENCE OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
In December 2014, the NLM Family Foundation provided support for a conference presented at Stony Brook University titled, "Conversations on Autism and Sign Language: Unlocking the Emergence of Social Communication." Please click on the link below to view a summary of the discussions which took place at the conference.
"Conversations on Autism and Sign Language: Unlocking the Emergence of Social Communication"
HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM
In July 2014, the NLM Family Foundation and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) co-sponsored a special one-day workshop,“Harnessing Technology to Improve the Lives of People with Autism” at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the potential of adaptive technology to open up for persons with autism new avenues for acquiring knowledge, improving social communication, and achieving a greater degree of independence and control over their lives.
Please click on the link below to view a summary of the presentations and discussions which took place at the workshop.
Harnessing Technology to Improve the Lives of People with Autism
AGING WELL WITH AUTISM (55 and OLDER)
In July 2013, the NLM Family Foundation and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) co-sponsored a special one-day workshop, “Aging Well with Autism (55 and Older),” at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss several unique challenges faced by the growing population of individuals with autism after age 55. Topics discussed included access to medical and health care services as well as senior life planning initiatives for older adults with autism and their families. Please click on the link below to view a summary of the presentations and discussions which took place at the workshop.
Aging Well with Autism (55 and Older)