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Survey for Special Education Teachers and other Professionals

University of North Texas student Nicole Caldwell is looking for participants for a brief survey about using video modeling to teach skills to individuals with autism. Special education teachers, BCBAs, SLPs, OTs, and school psychologists are all invited to take the survey, which can be found here: http://autismsurvey.weebly.com/

Nicole can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Direct Support Staff Effectiveness Study

The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota is looking for individuals and families over 18 who have an intellectual or developmental disorder (IDD), including autism spectrum disorders for a study and training program for direct support staff.  The ICI wants to improve services and outcomes for individuals with IDD living in their own or their family homes.

The study is testing a training program and family support model to improve the effectiveness of direct support staff to better support people with IDD to achieve their personal goals. Direct Support staff may be personal care attendants (PCA), job couches, homemakers, certified nursing assistants, etc. Study participation, including all training and mentoring for DSPs are free. No travel is required.

Visit http://z.umn.edu/dspfamily for more information. To request more information contact Jody
Van Ness at 612-743-5345 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feeding problems, BMI and comorbid psychopathology in adults with intellectual disability

Are you a parent of an adult child with an intellectual disability or autism and an intellectual disability? Sarah Murray of the National University of Ireland, Galway is conducting research on how to promote healthy eating in adults with an intellectual disability. The aim of the study is to examine the prevalence of comorbidity (or co-occuring disorders) in adults with intellectual disabilities. The study will examine co-occuring psychological disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms, and height and weight measurements. The study also will investigate if there is a relationship between these factors and feeding difficulties. If you would like to participate, click here: http://bit.ly/22oBFkK.

Personality and Social Communication in Adolescents

Researchers at Ball State University are currently seeking individuals on the autism spectrum between the ages of 12 and 18 who can read at or above a fourth grade level. The research will evaluate responses to questions about motivation, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of adolescents with ASD in order to identify a profile associated with aspects of autism and other common co-occuring conditions. Participants and their parents will be asked to complete a survey about feelings, motivations, and behaviors. Each questionnaire should take about an hour. Each participant will receive a $15 iTunes gift card and a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Please contact Elizabeth Hooks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Liz Freeman-Floyd (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for information or to participate.

Researchers from Augusta University examining adult experiences living with ASD (including Aspergers).

Researchers are exploring connections between behaviors, diagnoses, interactions, and experiences in the lives of individuals diagnosed with autism. Interviews will be conducted online through a program called Qualtrics, and will consist of 45 questions. If you are an adult who has been diagnosed, please take the time answer our questions by clicking on the following link. This research has received IRB approval. Click here to participate.

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