July 2015   


In This Issue
CME for professionals - print this flyer for complimentary webcast series
Autism.Jobs provides employment resources
ARI's Scientific Advisory Board
AGI Honored With Award at ASA
ASA Keynote Honors Bernard Rimland
New Online Employability Course accessible, Fast and Effective Training
Content Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic
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At the Autism Research Institute we have focused on providing presentations that are unbiased and broad-reaching, to assist families in making informed treatment decisions. We also strive to provide professional education that gives thoughtful, inquisitive clinicians the means to offer support that is safe and effective.

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This activity - offered in joint providership by Cleveland Clinic and ARI - provides expert insight about behavioral improvement that can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical and neurological issues associated with ASD are addressed.

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50th Anniversary Updated Edition of Bernard Rimland's Infantile Autism
With updates from some of the best-known names in the autism field, Bernard Rimland's seminal work on autism theory is now available for a new generation of readers in this anniversary edition of Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Development.

"Dr. Rimland is to be commended for presenting the first evidence that autism was a biological condition. When his book was published, he was a lone visionary."
- from the foreword by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Bonus: ARI will be giving away one copy of this new book every month to an enews subscriber.  
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AutismJobs for Job Seekers, Families and Caregivers, Job Coaches and Employers 


Discover the advantages of hiring individuals with autism. Access practical information that helps candidates become "job ready" and helps employers create autism-friendly workplaces. This database is a searchable collection of autism employment resources with a wealth of practical advice. It includes links to a variety of resources including articles, videos, books and more. Guides highlight key steps in the employment process.  We hope you'll find this database helpful in matching job seekers and employers in ways that reward both. Learn more and visit Autism Jobs 

ARI's Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC); free assessment tool now available in 17 languages:

A major obstacle in autism research has been the lack of a valid means of measuring the effectiveness of various treatments. The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) was developed by Bernard Rimland and Stephen M. Edelson of the Autism Research Institute, to fill this need.  

ARI is grateful to the volunteers who have worked to translate the ATEC into these languages.  Do you speak a language that is missing?  Email [email protected] if you are able to contribute a new language translation to this ongoing project.

Our thanks to friends for assistance translating the ATEC to Hebrew and Persian last month.

Story in a Snapshot: Meet Gabriel

"This is my son Gabriel, 16, receiving a gold medal for skills at a Special Olympics basketball tournament at University of Pittsburgh, March 14, 2015.


Gabriel is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He loves music (plays the snare drum), traveling, Mexican food, Ravel's "Bolero", and his dog Bella."

This past spring we held a photo share event, and received snapshots of loved ones with autism sent in by ARI families from around the world.  We've been sharing these photos and stories weekly on our Facebook page.  Thanks to all the families who participated, and to Gabriel's mom, Donna, for this great shot.  Congratulations, Gabriel!

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Dear ARI Subscriber,  


Earlier this month the Autism Society of America celebrated its 50th anniversary, and sponsored a tribute to their founder (and ours), Bernard Rimland, Ph.D..  At the beginning of the conference on Friday, Dr. Rimland's son Mark and I talked about the early history of autism and shared some never-before-seen photographs of Dr. Rimland and Mark throughout the years.  Drs. Margaret Bauman and Lucy Jane Miller followed us by giving keynote talks in honor of Dr. Rimland.  

One of ARI's programs, the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), received an award at the Autism Society for the advancement, effective transition, and meaningful employment of people with autism

This summer we're engaging in new research, analyzing quite a bit of data, and planning two think tanks for later this year. We also continue our ongoing commitment to help individuals, families, and professionals through live online webinars, recorded presentations and continuing medical education credits in joint providership with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

We will continue to keep ARI's e-newsletter subscribers informed of our endeavors.


Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Research Institute 

AGI Recognized for Advancement of Effective Transition, Meaningful Employment at ASA    


Valerie Paradiz, PhD and Sondra Williams of AGI receiving the award at the ASA Conference in Denver earlier this month.

The Autism Society National Conference honored the Autistic Global Initiative with the Adam Heavner Memorial Award for Employer of the Year, presented to an organization or company that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the advancement, effective transition or meaningful employment of an individual on the autism spectrum.

The Autistic Global Initiative is a program of ARI that empowers adults with autism to seek gainful employment opportunities and lead successful lives. The advisory group comprises a cross-section of professionals who work exclusively with adults on the spectrum to give them the tools necessary to thrive in all aspects of daily life.


AGI's Vision Statement: As people with autism, we balance the work of reaching out for our own needs with the work of educating others, thereby expanding awareness about adult concerns. This work builds bridges among service providers, families and individuals within the autism community. We embrace the diverse perspectives of one another, while incorporating participation across varied modes of expression. In this way, the Autistic Global Initiative serves as a model of the inclusion for which we advocate.  

Learn more about AGI 

ASA Celebrates 50 Years of Advocacy, Recognizes Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. at Denver Conference


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Autism Society of America and the 46th anniversary of its National Conference.   

Our founder - also ASA's founder - Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. was honored in a keynote talk titled Neurophysiology and Sensation in Autism presented by Drs. Margaret Bauman and Lucy Jane Miller.  Dr. Rimland's son, Mark, and ARI Executive Director, Dr. Steve Edelson (pictured right), were on hand to introduce the keynote talk July 10th.



The Sisterhood of the Spectrum Panel featured women on the autism spectrum: Jennifer O'Toole, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Brigid Rankowski, Lindsey A. Nebeker, and AGI's Chloe M. Rothschild July 11th. 





Dr. Margaret Bauman, of Boston University Medical Center, ARI's Dr. Steve Edelson, and Dr. Temple Grandin sharing breakfast at the Autism Society Conference July 11th. 

Starting August 3rd: AGI's Building-Independence-for-Living Training

Starting soon: the Autistic Global Initiative and the Houlton Institute's online course emphasizing foundational knowledge and competencies needed to support adults with autism in daily living settings. The program includes lectures, videos, moderated discussions, activities, chat rooms, reading activities and more--all at your own pace.

This course enables learners to

engage with autism--either as a supporter or as an individual on the spectrum--in their attempt to gain an appreciation of its complexities using evidence-based tools and practices.  


When? Next session starts August 3rd. 

Format: 12-session, instructor-led, self-paced online course with 24/7 technical support.  


Program cost is $300.  

Continuing education units (1.0 CEU through Oregon State University): add $45

There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Request scholarship information 



  • Sensory Regulation
  • Communication
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Sexuality
  • Safety
  • Health and Wellness
  • Transportation


Faculty: Top practitioners & scholars 

Online pre-registration is required  


email: [email protected] 

(855) 468-5866  



"58% of young adults on the autism spectrum worked for pay outside the home between high school and their early 20s-a rate far lower than young adults with other types of disabilities."

Key Findings National Autism Indicators Report: Transition Into Young Adulthood,
Drexel University, April 2015

The Autistic Global Initiative of the Autism Research Institute has partnered with uptimize, an online education company, to create Learn The Steps, Get Employed. The self-paced, online course is an important resource for young adults with autism who face serious systemic challenges when it comes to becoming employed.


Format: 17 micro tutorials  


What you'll learn: 

  • Building on your strengths
  • Developing a network
  • Finding opportunities
  • Resume & cover letter tips
  • Researching organizations
  • Practicing for interviews
  • How to disclose a disability
  • Presentation & body language
  • How to impress employers
  • Knowing when to follow up...& more

One-time Fee:

  • $75 for unlimited individual access  
Annual partnership licensing is available for organizations and educational institutions.


  • iPhone, iPad and Android accessibility
  • Unlimited viewing and reviewing of videos and course materials



View the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research and Medical Treatment Implications webcast series. Learn how behavioral improvement can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical and neurological issues associated with autism spectrum disorders are addressed.     


Many individuals with autism experience chronic physical discomfort, yet lack the ability to describe their medical problems - particularly in clinical settings. Clinicians who have the ability to identify symptoms and communicate with patients on the autism spectrum can dramatically improve patient care. Participate in the webcast series today!    


Print and share the series flyer 

These activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Did You Know ARI Records and Uploads Webinars?  Watch and Share These Informative Talks by Top Experts 

We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. Upcoming webinars, Past Webinars

Assessing and Treating Challenging Behavior in Children with ASD

A Parent's Guide to Navigating Insurance Coverage*
Wendy Richardson, Johnson Center for Child Health and Development

Sulforaphane, Broccoli & ASD - the DNA Whisperer

Microbiome Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
William Parker, Ph.D.
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for Individuals with Challenging Behavior
V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.
Ask the Nutritionist - Live Q&A
Vicki Kobliner, MS, RD

* Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development

Medical visits can be stressful for anyone. Individuals with autism often face extra challenges during procedures like physical examinations and blood draws due to difficulty communicating about the symptoms they are experiencing and sensory issues that can occur in the clinical setting. Print and share the video series flyer.   


The fear and anxiety felt during medical procedures by those with autism can also be stressful for caregivers and medical professionals administering treatment. This video series was developed by treatment professionals at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development.  


Watch and share these brief helpful videos to prepare for medical visits. 


Social Story: Today I Am Having a Blood Draw
Social Story: Today I Am Having a Blood Draw


Caregiver Strategies: Positioning for Comfort
Caregiver Strategies: Positioning for Comfort
Easing Anxiety: Medical Play
Easing Anxiety: Medical Play