The Marquette Autism Initiative (AI) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians, stakeholders, and students at Marquette University and in the community.  We aim to coordinate 1) research, 2) programming, 3) education, and 4) outreach efforts to improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum* and their families, while providing high quality training and educational opportunities for the next generation of professionals serving this population. Our work is anchored in the knowledge that collaboration across disciplines is best practice in the world of autism care and research, which simultaneously provides inter-professional, team-, sensitivity, and knowledge-building educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. We are funded via a 2018-19 Explorer Challenge award from Marquette University’s Office of Research and Innovation.

*Note. Many self-advocate adults on the autism spectrum indicate a preference in favor of utilizing the term “autistic” to describe themselves, rather than “person with autism.” However, some family members of people on the autism spectrum, and medical professionals, think the term “person with autism” is appropriate. In deference to the multi-faceted, debated topic of identity and labelling, on this website we will utilize a compromise term, “person on the autism spectrum” or “person on the spectrum.” See http://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/identity-first-language/ for more information on this topic.

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NIMH Special Event for Autism Acceptance Month: Sound Tracks: An Artistic Journey to Belonging

Join members of the Marquette Autism Initiative at a virtual/hybrid event on April 16th featuring autistic photographer Blair Bunting, autistic violinist Laura Nadine, and neurodivergent filmmaker John Schaffer. The event will include a showing of the film Sound Tracks, directed by Mr. Schaffer and featuring Mr. Bunting and Ms. Nadine, as well as Q&A with the artists.

Marquette Dentistry receives grant to expand special needs program

The Marquette University School of Dentistry has been awarded a $1.02 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to update clinic equipment and increase capacity for the care of patients with special needs at the state of Wisconsin’s only dental school.

This award will support the nearly 50 operatories within the School of Dentistry’s clinics. This includes the Advanced Care Clinic, which serves adult patients with special needs, especially those who have “aged out of care” offered by Children’s Wisconsin. Continue reading