Waisman Center Funds Six Internal Grants to Expand DEI Efforts in Research and Clinical Services

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are critically important goals for the Waisman Center and UW Madison. To push closer to that goal, Waisman offered grants up to $20,000 to be used over two years with the purpose of, “advancing research that is accessible to, informed by, and representative of diverse individuals within the field of IDD in a way that fosters equity and inclusion.”

NIH Awards $10 Million to researchers at UW-Madison and the University of Utah for landmark study on aging in autistic adults

Recent studies suggest that older adults with ASD may have shorter life expectancies and more physical and mental health difficulties than the general population. A new, landmark longitudinal study of aging and autism hopes to better understand how differences in aging may impact the health outcomes of individuals with ASD.

Video games teach balance, reduce symptoms in autistic adolescents

While balance training may not necessarily sound fun to most adolescents, video games typically do. And for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, video games that improve their balance by teaching them yoga and tai chi poses also improves their posture, reduces the severity of their autism symptoms and influences the structure of their brains.