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November 2017                                                                                                                           
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What's Happening at Aspire:
  • February 2018 Vacation Week registration is now open! 

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Help Your Child on the Spectrum Cope with Holidays

By Taylor Levesque, MA
Sometimes the holiday season can get... well, chaotic. Using the preview technique, you can help your family have a smoother and more relaxed holiday season, from trick-or-treat to Turkey Day. Read more
Did You Know? 

Did you know that training and support for our Employer Partners are all part of the Aspire Internship Program to help ensure success for both the intern and the employer? Leslie O., (L) our Internship Program Manager, and Lesley F., (R) one of of the Aspire Career Counselors, met with National Grid, one of our Employer Partner organizations, in November to assist in a smooth transition for Aspire interns. Spring 2018 registration is now open for the Aspire Internship Program. Read more

Aspire Mentioned in The Boston Globe  
We are honored to have been mentioned in a November 16, 2017 article in The Boston Globe as part of their "Top Places to Work " series. Discussing common misconceptions about workers with disabilities, Leslie O'Brien, our Internship Program Manager, spoke about the goals of the program and how we aim to help both employers and interns have successful working relationships. Read the article here.     
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: 617-724-7079 |
  • Road Ahead Study at Boston University - Seeking parents or legal guardians and high school students with autism who are in their last year of high school and who will graduate with a regular high school diploma. Aiming to assess post-education outcomes, parents will complete online and mailed surveys and a brief phone interview at two time points separated by 18 months. Youth will complete separate online and mailed surveys. Participation should take 30-60 minutes at each time point. The surveys can be completed from home at a time convenient for you. Parents will receive a $25 gift card and youth will receive a $15 gift card at each time point.This research is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
For more information please contact or (617) 353-2060.

About Aspire


MGH Aspire offers fall, spring and summer programs to help children, teens and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related social profile make social connections and develop independence leading to more successful and fulfilling lives.

MGH Aspire  
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421 
f: 781-860-1920  

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Internship Program

The Internship program provides on-going job support throughout the duration of the program. Interns are carefully matched with companies like:
  • Boston Public Market
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Safelite 
  • WGBH 

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