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AIR-B team at SPEEDR


Inaugural Autism Conference: Autism is Not Black & White: It is a Spectrum- Los Angeles, CA
October 23rd, 2014

On October 23rd, 2014, an alliance of UCLA researchers, community service providers, educators, nurses, and other health care workers, along with concerned parents and family members came together for a first of its kind community oriented event. Attended by over 300 people at the Holman United Methodist Church in South Los Angeles, this public service conference aimed to bridge the gap between health care professionals, researchers, and members of the community. The conference provided a platform for the African American community in South Los Angeles to voice their concerns, opinions, and questions while also creating a unique opportunity to actively engage in dialogue with researchers, educators, and health care professionals about the growing public health issue of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks- Los Angeles, CA
April 26th, 2014

On Saturday, April 26th, a team of UCLA AIR-B and Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) staff members participated in the 12th Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks-Los Angeles. The Walk promotes awareness and aims to change the future for all who struggle with ASD.

The 12th Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks-Los Angeles

World Autism Awareness Day, Budapest, Hungary
April 5th, 2014

On April 5th, 2014, Budapest celebrated World Autism Awareness with a walk along the Danube.  Connie Kasari (AIR-B member from UCLA) participated along with Eustacia Cutler (Temple Grandin’s mother) and Uta Frith.

Uta, Eustacia and Connie at World Autism Awareness, Bupadest

UCLA team at Early Access Event

‘Social- Communication School Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders’ Presentation, University of California-Irvine
April 9th, 2014.

On April 9, 2014, Dr. Connie Kasari was invited to present for the UC Irvine Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART). Many interventions are considered efficacious for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), but few have been translated from clinical settings to children’s everyday environment of school. The presentation focused on intervention research tested in schools that focuses on the core deficits in social communication of children with ASD.  Interventions delivered by therapists, teachers and paraprofessionals were highlighted.


Archdiocese of Los Angeles (ALA), Department of Catholic Schools Inclusion Conference
March 8th, 2014

On Saturday, March 8th, 2014, Dr. Connie Kasari was invited to present to teachers and administrators on the benefits of inclusion for children with ASD. One presentation focused on inclusion strategies for teachers teaching children with ASD, and the other presentation focused on strategies to increase social engagement between children with ASD and their typical peers.


Autism Speaks Early Access Outreach Event, Los Angeles, CA
September 7th, 2013

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, a team of UCLA AIR-B and CART autism expert clinicians, outreach staff, and student volunteers participated in an Autism Speaks EARLY ACCESS TO CARE outreach event at Magnolia Place in downtown Los Angeles. At the event, the UCLA CART team collaborated with key community partners to provide underserved families with free screenings as well as referral contact for information and services for children with autism spectrum disorders.


Training in Schools
Summer 2012 and 2013

In the summer of 2012, UCLA established a partnership with Leo Politi Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  During the LAUSD four week extended school year (ESY) program for children in special education, the AIR-B team provided strategies to teachers, and administrators to better engage students with their peers. This partnership also allowed AIR-B staff from all sites to train for the Remaking Recess intervention. AIR-B staff helped teachers and paraprofessionals implement evidenced interventions to improve the social engagement of their students.  With such great success and support from the administrators at Leo Politi Elementary, the AIR-B team returned during the Summer of 2013. The partnership allowed AIR-B staff to continue with cross-site training for Remaking Recess intervention as well as the STAT intervention. 

University of Pennsylvania

School District of Philadelphia Research to Practice Conference
April 8, 2014

The R2P Conference is to facilitate the connection between research, policy and practice at the School District.  Members of the AIR-B team will present the status of their project and meet with other research collaborators.

School District of Philadelphia Autism Expo

April 4, 2014

Member of the Philadelphia AIR-B will join their Philly AIMS colleagues at the 7th Annual Autism Expo at the School District.  The team will share information with parents and educators about ongoing research projects, local resources, and community partners.

Philadelphia Autism Network Presentation
January 15, 2014

Members of the Philadelphia AIR-B team spoke to a group of parents and therapists about the transition from the early intervention system to elementary school.  Parent partners shared strategies for navigating this important transition.


Lea Volunteer Day
August 5, 2013

Members of the Philadelphia AIR-B team joined their University of Pennsylvania CMHPSR colleagues to help beautify a local West Philadelphia elementary school.  Team members cleaned up the school yard, weeded gardens, and repaired outdoor structures.  Students now use the revised garden to learn about nature and urban wildlife.

PENN Team at Lea Volunteer Day

University of Rochester

Rochester City School District (RCSD) Presentation
July 28th, 2014

Suzannah Iadarola (from the University of Rochester) was invited to present to veteran teachers in self-contained classrooms within the Rochester City School District (RCSD). Information on a behaviorally-based, package intervention to support successful daily transitions for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was presented. The talk included didactic information, as well as group discussion.


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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UA3 MC 11055 (AIR-B). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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