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As an organizational member, you will be joining us in striving to educate, advocate and provide critical resources to families and individuals.
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The Rad Lab awards molecular grants to neurodiverse individuals each year who demonstrate leadership and inspire others through their actions. 

This year, we will award grants of $250 to individuals, ages 18+,
who are taking important steps to live more independently.
Autism Comorbidities Reflect Racial, Ethnic Disparities
Black, Hispanic/Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander autistic people in the United States have higher odds of having co-occurring health conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or hypertension, compared with white autistic people, according to a new study.

Autism In The News
Research Developments
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If interested in starting a group in your area, please contact Chris at help@autismofpa.org
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Upcoming Support Group
ACHIEVA'S EMPOWERED VOICES LEADERSHIP GROUP

A group comprised of self-advocates learning new things, have fun, and meet new people. Future topics will include Person-Centered Planning, Self-Advocacy Skills, and Overall Wellness.

Empowered Voices meets virtually on the first and third Thursday of each month. Through March 24, 2022, the group will meet from 5:45 - 8:45 p.m.

The platform has changed from Zoom to Google Meet. Click here for the Google Meet link. 

Please contact Julie Trbovich, Achieva, Director, Advocacy and Family Supports, at jtrbovich@achieva.info or 412-995-5000 x579 with any questions.
Participants Needed
EASE FOR ALL. BRINGING EASE TO COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CLINICS

The Center for Excellence in Autism Research at the University of Pittsburgh is doing a research study to gather thoughts and feelings from the autism community about staying in control of strong emotions. We are hoping to interview and learn from community members and their service providers about the potential need for services. We want to speak to 3 different groups from the community:

1) Adults on the autism spectrum,
2) Caregivers of people on the autism spectrum, and
3) Community mental health providers that work with people on the autism spectrum.

For more information, please email to Kate at breitenfeldtk@upmc.edu, or you can text/call (724) 470-0369 or view our website at http://www.reaact.pitt.edu.
EXPLORING POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE DIMENSIONS IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (EXPAND)

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking individuals ages 3 to 11 to participate in exciting research to help create a new assessment for autism spectrum. For this study, researchers are looking for participants with autism spectrum disorders who are willing to come to our center and participate in various assessments, and whose parents will complete questionnaires and interviews. Some testing can be completed remotely, over the phone and/or by Zoom.

If you are interested in participating, or know someone who might be interested, please contact: autismrecruiter@upmc.edu, or call 1-866-647-3436 
 
Participants will be compensated for their time.
EASE: EMOTIONAL AWARENESS AND SKILLS ENHANCEMENT STUDY FOR ASD

The University of Pittsburgh is conducting a research study to evaluate a treatment for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who struggle with handling their emotions. We are enrolling 12-21 year old individuals with an ASD diagnosis and IQ of 75 or higher who also have difficulties with their emotions.
Participants will be randomized to either EASE Therapy or Supportive Therapy. Each therapy involves 16 weekly sessions, which can be completed in-person following all Covid-19 safety guidelines. There is no cost for this program and we offer payments for completing assessments.

If you would like more information concerning the research, please email: autismrecruiter@upmc.edu or phone toll free 1-866-647-3436.

PSU AUTISM SOCIAL SKILLS INTERVENTION

Participate in a computer game intervention designed to alleviate social symptoms and foster more independence in autistic adolescents (10-18 years). Families come to Penn State University 3 times over 6 months to play computer games, answer survey questions, and have eye movements observed. Adolescents play a computer game at home 3 times/week for 3 of the months. Families are paid for lab visits and game play time and reimbursed for travel costs. Scheduling is flexible.

For more information go to http://sagaintervention.com