Independence Blue Cross pilot to support jobs for autistic adults

Independence Blue Cross  reported positive progress Monday from a pilot program initiated last year with The Precisionists Inc. (TPI), a Delaware organization that focuses on employment for adults with disabilities. Through the partnership, five autistic adults from TPI's workplace are working with the Philadelphia healt h insurer's human resources department. “The work being done by the TPI associates is invaluable," said Jeanie Heffernan, executive vice president and chief human resources officer…
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An experienced trust chief executive has been chosen to lead a national taskforce group charged with improving inpatient mental health, learning disability and autism services for young people.
Source: HSJ - Category: UK Health Source Type: news
ConclusionThe Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a critical juncture in international policy and created an environment where the universal right to education has been implemented for all children in the countries under study.
Source: Molecular Autism - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 5 December 2019Source: NeuronAuthor(s): Sehyoun Yoon, Euan Parnell, Maria Kasherman, Marc P. Forrest, Kristoffer Myczek, Susitha Premarathne, Michelle C. Sanchez Vega, Michael Piper, Thomas H.J. Burne, Lachlan A. Jolly, Stephen A. Wood, Peter PenzesSummaryVariants in the ANK3 gene encoding ankyrin-G are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, including intellectual disability, autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. However, no upstream regulators of ankyrin-G at synapses are known. Here, we show that ankyrin-G interacts with Usp9X, a neurodevelopmental-disorder-assoc...
Source: Neuron - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) have joined together to launch first-of-a-kind centers in Maryland to treat adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Conclusions and implicationsAdjustments are needed to the custody process and environment to support interactions between autistic individuals and officers and improve the overall wellbeing of autistic individuals.
Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
(Northwestern University) Scientists have discovered why a specific genetic mutation causes intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder in children. The mutation results in fewer brain synapses, making it harder for the brain to learn. The discovery offers a new target for treatment.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 4 December 2019Source: Genomics, Proteomics &BioinformaticsAuthor(s): Guan Ning Lin, Sijia Guo, Xian Tan, Weidi Wang, Wei Qian, Weichen Song, Jingru Wang, Shunying Yu, Zhen Wang, Donghong Cui, Han WangAbstractDe novo variants (DNVs) are one of the most significant contributors to severe early-onset genetic disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and other developmental and neuropsychiatric (DNP) disorders. Presently, a plethora of DNVs have been identified using next-generation sequencing, and many efforts have been made to understand their impact at the g...
Source: Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics - Category: Bioinformatics Source Type: research
Abstract This single-case investigation was designed to evaluate the effects of telehealth training on practitioner implementation of a naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention (NDBI). Six general education preschool practitioners engaged in an intervention with six children with varying disabilities in inclusive classroom settings. The telehealth training package included a collaborative approach to intervention planning, online training module, video self-evaluation, and performance feedback via videoconferencing. Following telehealth training, practitioners reached criteria for implementation fidelity...
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
This study reports on the psychometric properties of this revised scale (ABAIT-R) among 102 special educators assessed using Rasch models. It was found that the model had good fit and a wide spread of difficulties (3.63 to - 2.60). ABAIT-R had good targeting (over 85%) and high reliability (0.79). The assumptions of the model were met recommending sufficiency for the use of summated score from ABAIT-R among teachers. PMID: 31797185 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND.: Quality of life (QoL) is an important outcome of occupational therapy practice. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts the individual throughout their lifespan and may substantially affect QoL. Measuring QoL of people with ASD presents a challenge and a debate whether to use general versus disability-specific adapted measures. PURPOSE.: This paper aims to (a) revisit the construct of QoL and discuss specific dilemmas pertaining to its measurement, and (b) discuss implications to the assessment of QoL in individuals with ASD while highlighting the pot...
Source: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tags: Can J Occup Ther Source Type: research
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