Study Updates

  • Skilled Employment – AASPIRE has received NIH funding to begin a two-year pilot study exploring what helps autistic people succeed in skilled or professional employment. First we will interview autistic people, employers, and other key individuals from the employment system to learn more about their experiences. Then we will use this information to create a model to help us understand what facilitates successful professional employment experiences. In the second year, we will use what we’ve learned to create an intervention plan to improve professional employment outcomes. We are currently recruiting. See Flier for Employees/Job-seekers and Flier for Supervisors/Supporters.
  • Healthcare Toolkit – We conducted a set of studies to create and test a new Healthcare Toolkit to improve primary healthcare services for adults on the autism spectrum. We are excited to announce that the full toolkit is now available to the public at www.autismandhealth.org. Published papers are available about 1) the interview study that informed the toolkit; download the interview paper (PDF, ~233Kb); 2) the creation and evaluation of the toolkit; download the toolkit paper (PDF, ~480Kb). More papers to come.
  • Healthcare Survey – We completed our survey comparing the healthcare experiences of autistic and non-autistic Internet users. The survey, unfortunately, confirmed our fears that adults on the autism spectrum experience important disparities in healthcare. View the press release, download the paper (PDF, ~220Kb). We have also published a paper on the Barriers to Healthcare instrument we used in this study.
  • Internet Use, Community, and Well-Being Study – We completed data collection and are currently analyzing responses from a survey to better understand the relationship between Autistic identity, sense of community, and well-being in autistic and non-autistic adults.
  • Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Violence and Health – We have been collaborating with researchers in Montana to look at the relationship between lifetime violence victimization and health in people with developmental disabilities. We’ve published a paper about the computer program we used to conduct the study, and a paper about measurement adaptation, and a paper about gender and violence. More results on their way soon!