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September 2017                                                                                                                           
The Aspire Wire
What's Happening at Aspire:

  • Fall 2017 Groups start 9/25
  • Fall 2017 Internship Program starts 10/8
  • News about our Fall Special Events coming soon

Need more information about our programs? Get in touch

Why Language Matters: Identity-First Language

By Andrew E. Harris, MEd
In my previous article  for Aspire Wire, I discussed how we could change the way we interact with people on the autism spectrum by changing how we think about people on the autism spectrum. By focusing on strengths and passions first and keeping the framework of neurodiversity in mind, we can, in turn, support positive impacts on their self-esteem. Now, let's examine language and why it matters. Read more
2017 Aspiration Summit in Wyoming 

On September 21, 2017, participants from the Aspire Internship Program arrived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to begin their adventure at the 2017 Aspiration Summit. Some of you may be familiar with this event from years past, and we are delighted to be a part of it again this year! These custom back packs awaited the arrival of Aspiration Summit participants at the beautiful Camp Lift. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more pics! 

Hale Garden Dedication Ceremony 
On September 5, 2017, a ceremony was held to dedicate our garden at Hale Reservation  as a living monument to our former Executive Director, Mike Cauley, PhD (retired). We deeply appreciate the years of service from Dr. Cauley and the generosity of the Long family which made the garden possible. Photos by Tara Carvalho. 
The Long Family with Dr. Cauley and Dr. McLeod
The Garden Stone:

Research Opportunities
Lurie Center for Autism
The Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children is looking for participants for their currently enrolling studies. For additional information about study requirements and study procedures, please contact Dr. Christopher McDougle's or  Dr. Ann Neumeyer's  study staff at 781-860-1711 or

Have a look at the research opportunities we currently have available: 
  • Children's Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP) The Lurie Center is enrolling children ages 18 to 48 months who are in the process of getting evaluated for an autism spectrum disorder or developmental disorder, as well as typically developing children. This research study is being conducted to find out if a specific blood test is effective in the early detection of autism spectrum disorder. Participants are compensated for their time.
  • Investigation of Neuroinflammation in Autism Seeking men and women aged 18-40 years with and without autism to participate in an investigation of the structure and function of the brain of adults with and without autism using MR-PET scans. Participants are compensated for their time.
  • Sidekicks - Enrolling children ages 6 to 11 years 6 months diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This study will determine the success rate of Affinities Therapy, a therapy model using the Sidekicks mobile application for children with ASD. 
To learn more, please   visit   our website .  
The Bressler Clinical and Research Center
  • ASD Namenda Study Taking Place at MGHThis 12-week study seeks to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Namenda (memantine) for the treatment of core features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children and adolescents. Deficits in social interaction are the central feature of ASD and often result in significant impairment for individuals with High Functioning-ASD. Available data from past treatment studies of Namenda demonstrates improvements in a range of impairments including attentional and social skills in individuals with ASD. Eligible subjects, children ages 8-17 with a DSM-V diagnosis of ASD, will be enrolled to receive either placebo or Namenda. Subjects also complete a pre- and post-treatment brain scan before and after treatment with Namenda. 
For more info, contact Abigail Belser: 781-724-7079 | 
Internship Program

The Internship program provides on-going job support for the 12-week fall term. Interns are carefully matched with companies like:
  • Boston Public Market
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Safelite 
  • WGBH 

About Aspire


Aspire is dedicated to providing children, teens, and adults with a high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile with the knowledge and skills necessary to make social connections and develop independence leading to successful and fulfilling lives.

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