[Fcs-grad] FW: TODAY: Amy Wadsworth and Dee Dee Murphy 1PM; Tomorrow Abbie Owens Lofgren 3PM

Sandy M Stark sandy.stark at fcs.utah.edu
Wed Apr 29 09:37:48 MDT 2015

From: Sonia Lynne Salari
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:37 AM
To: Sandy M Stark
Subject: TODAY: Amy Wadsworth and Dee Dee Murphy 1PM; Tomorrow Abbie Owens Lofgren 3PM

The Challenge and Promise of Autism and Aging:
Interdisciplinary, Interprofessional, and International Perspectives

Amy Maida Wadsworth

Master’s Project
Family and Consumer Studies Department

Autism is often thought of as a childhood condition, with treatments focused on early intervention. This master’s project paper and presentation describes the participation and co-authorship of three chapters in a forthcoming edited book on Autism and Aging. The project also reviews the structure, coordination, and organization of creating and delivering an edited book outcome over a period of time. This volume illustrates Autism and Aging, the challenges and promise of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the lifespan, particularly after transition out of high school and into the many years between childhood (pediatrics) and old age (geriatrics) otherwise termed as  “adulthood”. These many years are also referred to as the “Autism Gap” due to the lack of research and programs addressing the complex needs during these years. Using the bioecological model as a conceptual model, we (S. Wright & Wadsworth) compiled chapters from 47 authors/contributors representing 10 different fields and 6 countries to explore how scholars, service providers, legislators, advocates, societies, and adults with ASD may cooperate and collaborate to fill this gap to maximize this population’s strengths and address their complex needs.

Edited by Scott D. Wright, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing (London, UK)
Expected release December 2015

Dee Dee Murphy: Title: NeuroVersity, an Innovative Pathway

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that includes deficits in social communication, social interaction and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests or activities. With the increasing prevalence rates in autism, there is an immense need for effective programming to target the transitional period to employment for these youth. ASD is one of the highest unemployed disability groups. This project focuses on a novel evidence-supported educational program called NeuroVersity℠ with goals to develop 3D technology skills, explore technology vocations, and promote social engagement for youth with ASD. Parents and professionals often struggle with the complexity of behavior issues associated with students with ASD and their employment.  This project presents a strength-focused, community-based technology program that matches the interest, skills and abilities of students with ASD. The program was developed in an effort to increase job opportunities for students with high functioning autism (HFA) by developing technology skills. The program partnered with Salt Lake City School District, Columbus Community Center, a supported employment center and Big-D Construction to provide a real 3D design job that included a daily salary to students. Participants were recruited through special education teachers in Salt Lake School District and the targeted population was students with a autism diagnosis between the ages of 16-18 who were verbal, typically placed in regular education classrooms, and could work in a group setting. The ten enrolled male students reported in their written and video interviews increased self-esteem, confidence, newly developed friendships and computer skills.
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