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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.
All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are invited to join the Interdisciplinary Autism Initiative for several events to be hosted in April, 2021, which is Autism Acceptance Month. Please join us for a series of empowering and educational events that highlight our commitment to neurodiverse people:
April 15, noon: Autism Initiative Open House, featuring the work of faculty and students who are members of the Initiative.
April 22, 8 am: Community panel featuring caregivers and autistic self-advocates, hosted as part of the Autism for the Professions class.
April 29, time TBD: Screening of a film focused on autism; free t-shirt, popcorn, and candy swag bags will be provided to attendees.
April TBD: A new Autism Initiative podcast, which will periodically feature the expertise of autistic individuals, will also premiere in April.
All events are free, virtual (except for film swag pickup), and open to the Marquette community and the public. For more information and to register, check back here for links or follow us on Instagram, mu_autism_initiative!