TAP Funding Crisis Update
The Champaign-Urbana services (including consultations, training, and resources) will stay open at least into May 30, 2016. We were out reminding people that we're still here at the disAbility Expo in October. We are exploring options that could continue operations locally into the future. If funding for autism programs is included in the budget it will be much easier to bring that money into our community if we do not have to shut our doors.
On a similar note, early intervention funding has been restored albeit after many providers had to stop providing services due to lack of funding. Some budget proposals have tried to reduce funding for early intervention by raising the bar of who can receive services. We will keep you updated on any changes.
Help policy makers understand the experiences of Illinois families with a child with an autism spectrum disorder! If you are the parent of a child 18 years or younger who was diagnosed with ASD in the state of Illinois and would like to participate in the survey, please use the following link to begin: https://goo.gl/nivKBj
Spotlight on Research
We are excited to share cutting edge research with our community so you can better know what is being done to understand autism and better serve individuals and families.
Autism and Girls
Spectrum is an online source for research on autism. They recently did a special report on sex/gender and autism. Some of the articles include how research largely studies males with autism thus giving autism a male slant, how girls with autism may stop eating to blunt social pain, efforts to understand how autism manifests differently in girls, and genetic factors that may shield girls from autism or cause different brain pathways.
Research Participant Opportunities
At TAP, we are excited to support research from the University of Illinois. These are the projects that are currently recruiting participants.
Understanding Mealtimes on the Spectrum
This study targets parents of elementary and middle school children with autism and has two parts: (1) we record a family meal in the home and (2) we interview one parent and the child with autism. Families receive a $25 after the dinnertime observation and a $50 after the interviews. For more information call Sarah Curtiss at 217-300-5994 or go to the registration website.
A research project that teaches parents of young children (ages 2- 6) with autism or developmental delays to use naturalistic communication strategies to improve their children's communication skills .
5 online training modules
Receive one-on-one coaching
You receive $100 when you complete the project!
Contact Hedda: firstname.lastname@example.org 217.333.0260
Writing Practices Research
A graduate student in the Dept. of English is researching the writing practices of U of I students with an ASD. This project involves conducting interviews with students who self-identify as having an ASD and are interested in sharing their experiences with writing both in and outside of the classroom. Participants must be 18 or older, have an official ASD diagnosis and be a current or recent U of I graduate.
Contact: Pamela Saunders, email@example.com
Ball State ABA Study
There are 2 Training Projects. One for children 3 - 10 years of age - and one for children 6 - 12 years of age. Both involve web-based ABA training. For more information, visit us at www.bsu.edu/casd
Contact: Lorena Giselbach at (765)285-5260 or CASD@bsu.edu