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TEDxYorkUSalon to focus on concerns relevant to transition-age youth, adults with ASD

York University will host the first-ever TEDxYorkUSalon Spectrum, hosted by Jonathan A. Weiss, a professor in York U’s Department of Psychology and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Chair of Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment and Care Research.
Y-File - April 6th, 2016


Helping patients with autism navigate the stressful ER

When you head to the emergency room, you almost expect stress -- the long waits, the hubbub of other patients and the endless, seemingly discombobulated stream of doctors and nurses.

But for patients with autism, a neurological disorder that affects communication and can make people sensitive to stimulation, that stress can be so overwhelming that it undermines their ability to get the treatment they need.
CNN Health News- February 29th, 2016

Autism may strain family life even before children are diagnosed

Autism may strain family life even before children are diagnosed with the disorder, according to a new study that suggests caregivers and patients alike may benefit from treatment tailored to specific sources of stress in the household.

Reuters Health - December 18th, 2015


York U-CAMH team creates app-based health education tool for people with autism

York University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have joined forces with a technology startup to help people with intellectual disability and with autism spectrum disorder to better manage their health and mental health, including dealing with stress and anxiety.

The free app, MagnusCards, is used to create e-flashcard decks that serve as easy to understand how-to guides for everyday activities such as cooking, grocery shopping, going to the dentist and picking up prescription medication.
Y-File - December 16th, 2015


What does wellbeing look like in families raising children with ASD?

A sense of wellbeing and what constitutes it as a state is highly variable, both in individual experience, and in the scientific literature.While this means it is challenging to assess, it is also critical to understand if researchers mean to develop  interventions that really help children with autism and their families in ways that matter across the lifespan.

In the course of researching "Family wellbeing of individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A scoping review" published May 8 in the Journal Autism, Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Canada Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research and graduate student Ami Tint reviewed 86 articles in mental and medical health. "We wanted to see if we could come to an overall understanding of what people mean when they say, 'we're studying wellbeing', " said Weiss.
NeuroDevNet - May 11th, 2015


MP talks to psychology students about being a parent of a child with autism

MP Mike Lake (Edmonton, Mill Woods, Beaumont) spoke with more than 500 York University psychology students about his experience as a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

He referred to York psychology Professor Jonathan Weiss, who organized the talk and is the Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research, as a rising star in ASD research. He told students that life with his son Jaden is a “real adventure,” saying he essentially functions as a three or four year old in a 19-year-old body.
Y-File - November 12th, 2014


Adults with Autism Report High Rates of Sexual Victimization

Adults with autism report starkly higher rates of sexual victimization than do other adults, and the risk appears to rise with lack of sexual knowledge, according to a new report.

The study, funded in part by Autism Speaks Canada, also found that while “neurotypical” individuals tend to get information about sex from social sources such as friends, family and teachers, those with autism tend to get it from impersonal sources such as websites.
Autism Speaks - August 19th, 2014


Adults with autism spectrum disorder at higher risk of being sexually victimized

Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at a higher risk of being sexually victimized than those without the disorder, according to a new study out of York University.

Seventy-eight per cent of the ASD group in the study had at least one occurrence of sexual victimization relative to 47.4 per cent in the non-ASD group. The study also found that a lack of sexual knowledge in those with ASD played a role in increasing the risk of sexual victimization – experiences of sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, attempted rape or rape.
Y-File - August 13th, 2014


Children with developmental disabilities facing isolation and mental health issues, study finds

The results of a York-led research project looking at children with developmental disabilities has found more than half of the children also had motor impairments, one-third had no friends at school, half had no friends outside of school and 44 per cent  were reported to have additional challenges, including anxiety and depression.
Y-File - March 26th, 2014


Autism Spectrum Disorders meeting determines direction of research

Faculty of Health psychology Professor Jonathan Weiss, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatment & Care Research at York, held the first advisory stakeholders meeting recently.

ASD community members attended the meeting, planned by Weiss and the Knowledge Mobilization Unit (KMb), including those from non-profit organizations, government agencies and community service groups, as well as researchers, self-advocates and parents of people with ASD. Dialogue and collaboration between the different sectors of the ASD community to determine the direction of the research by the chair over the next five years was the top business of the day.
Y-File - February 20th, 2013


York's CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) holds first stakeholders meeting to shape ASD research

On Tuesday, January 29, Dr. Jonathan Weiss, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatment and Care Research at York, opened the first advisory stakeholders meeting for many in the ASD community in Canada, including nonprofits, government agencies, community service groups, researchers, self advocates, and parents of people with ASD.
Faculty of Health News - February 1st, 2013


Autism project: Ontario moves to strengthen autism services

York University Professor Jonathan Weiss is one of eight experts from across Canada who have been selected to help Ontario further develop its autism programs and services, and guide its next steps in treating a growing number of people with the brain disorder, reported the Toronto Star Dec. 12.
Toronto Star - December 12th, 2012