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What’s On My Mind: Embracing neurodiversity in research and practice

Dec. 3, 2018—Exploring neurodiversity is important for educational development, and it is also driving new research with the potential to fuel innovation in a variety of fields, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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Grandin rejects low expectations, insists workforce critically needs people with autism in VU lecture

Nov. 30, 2018—Temple Grandin—inventor, speaker, author and perhaps the autism community’s best-known advocate—encouraged her audience at Vanderbilt University on Thursday to embrace the diagnosis of autism for what it can do: add diverse thinkers to a workforce that not only can accommodate them, but desperately needs them.

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Vanderbilt University launches the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Nov. 8, 2018—A $10 million gift from alumna Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, and husband William R. “Billy” Frist will endow a new center focused on supporting and developing the neurodiverse talents of individuals with autism at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering.

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Register for Autism, Innovation and the Workforce fall conference featuring Temple Grandin by Nov. 9

Oct. 25, 2018—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, along with the Vanderbilt Initiative for Autism, Innovation and the Workforce, will hold its daylong fall conference, "Envisioning the Future of Human Technology Partnerships," on Thursday, Nov. 29. The deadline to register is Nov. 9.

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Teens with and without autism needed for VUMC study

Sep. 18, 2018—The SENSE Lab invites children 10-13 years of age with ASD and children with typical development to take part in a NIMH-funded study that examines stress and social functioning across pubertal development.

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VKC TRIAD’s Families First program celebrates 10 years with festival

Sep. 4, 2018—The TRIAD Families First Program is celebrating 10 years of serving parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

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Session for adults with autism to give feedback on study

Aug. 21, 2018—A Community Engagement Studio (CES) session for participants to give feedback on a research project looking at repetitive thinking among adults with high functioning ASD.

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SeRenade Program: ‘Parents, Peers and Musical Play for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder’ Aug. 3

Jul. 31, 2018—The SeRenade Program uses small, group music classes for families with young children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Families learn strategies for promoting social and other positive behaviors through music.

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Children with autism needed for study on sound processing

Jun. 12, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt are studying how nonverbal or minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 8-14 years old, process different kinds of sounds in their environment.

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SPARK autism study, now in third year, continues

Jun. 6, 2018—Led by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Zachary Warren, associate professor of pediatrics, the SPARK study is looking for individuals of all ages with a professional diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to become part of the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States.

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Initiative for young adults with autism adds distance learning

Apr. 26, 2018—The leaders of a new Vanderbilt initiative for young adults with autism are looking to expand its reach through distance learning. Launched a year ago to primarily serve Middle Tennessee residents, Spectrum Pathways has generated out-of-state interest with some participants flying into Nashville to take part.

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Vanderbilt study affirms effectiveness, promise of telemedicine for autism evaluations

Mar. 12, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have found that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be accurately diagnosed in young children via remote, telemedicine assessments, a method that could significantly increase access and reduce wait times for autism services. In a first-of-its-kind study, the researchers compared the accuracy of rapid telemedicine evaluations to in-person evaluations...

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