Traditional academic and research publications may include general ideas that may eventually improve programs. Outcome research may describe potential benefits of specific interventions to specific people. For those seeking to create or improve programs need specific guidance right now, I offer case studies of programs I have developed, led, consulted to, learned about, imagined, or experienced first hand as the father of a daughter with multiple, complex disabilities. These stories set the context for opinions and lessons that may help move beyond the ideas suggested by research, to implementation and impact on the scale needed to make real differences in the lives of people living with ASD and related conditions.
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Hiking is for everyone!
Young people with ID often lead unhealthy and isolated lives. A new initiative to create regional trail networks with progressively more difficult hikes, combined with evidence-based practices might just begin to change all that.
A Model Research Roadmap: ASD Screening
How can science finally bring better lives to people with ASD? By breaking research down into specific stages to track progress, identify gaps, set new priorities, and re-allocate resources. A model roadmap for ASD screening research shows how.
Failure to Launch
Why is it that so many new programs of services and training fizzle despite all the funding and fanfare? I describe the most common errors found in the lack of leadership and planning, and outline a timetable for a successful launch.
Making prevalence relevant, again
Updated estimates of ASD’s prevalence have created compelling headlines and invited speculation about ASD's causes. Re-interpreting prevalence research may help to close specific gaps in implementation, and offer insights into the nature of ASD itself.
Transition Pathways Proposal
A proposal to develop transition pathways to college and work for young adults with ASD, balancing program development and incubation with targeted increases in services, all within a university-based autism research center.
White elephants, bridges to nowhere, buses to the Stone Age, the business of innovation , a statewide network, and more! A series of other opinions and stories about the challenges of implementation.
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