TAP Funding Crisis Update
Spotlight on Research
The TAP central office located in Springfield closed on Sept. 30. This means there will no longer be a network director or regional coordinators. The Champaign-Urbana services (including consultations, training, and resources) will stay open into December. Without the network infrastructure, it is unlikely that TAP will exist in the future in its current form. What that means for our community is unclear and what we will be planning for in the coming months. Until that time, we will continue to provide updates and information about autism and autism services. Did you see us at the Farmer's Market in September? We had a great time connecting with new and familiar faces. Find us on October 17th at the disABILITY Resouce Expo!
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.
Researchers from Cardiff and La Trobe Universities have developed a self-report questionnaire to evaluate repetitive and restricted behaviors. It is difficult to find psychologists who feel qualified to evaluate adults for autism, so this assessment could be a great resource for clinicians. Read more...
Spotlight on Community Programs
Part of the mission of TAP is to help spread word to the autism community about the resources and programming that is available in the area. We try to feature at least one program each month.
This program serves children with special needs up to 12 years of age (yes, including babies!). Each child in our program receives one-on-one attention and instruction from their new swim buddy as well as a customized lesson plan. The schedule is not yet finalized and there is still time to sign up for fall lessons by going to their participant application.
Research Participant Opportunities
At TAP, we are excited to support cutting edge autism 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 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
Platform Health Project
Are you interested in having your own “cloud” where you can store all of your own or your child’s medical information? We need parents of children with disabilities to participate and give us feedback as we design this service.
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Aaron Mann at: email@example.com (student lead on the project)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org