Co-Chair of our new Autistic Researchers Committee

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) unanimously appointed its inaugural Autistic Researchers Committee.

While many autistic persons and allies have been championing research informed by autistic lives, this marks the first organized and recognized effort to directly involve autistic researchers in contributing to the course autism research. in addressing and collaborating on autistic research and the implications for the community.  

The aims of the Autistic Researchers Committee is:

  • To better integrate autistic members into INSAR programs;
  • To foster scientific career development for autistic autism researchers;
  • To create opportunities for autistic scientists to offer their insights to allistic researchers and fellow colleagues;
  • To make INSAR conferences more accommodating and welcoming for autistic and other disabled members and participants;
  • To promote the inclusion of and consideration for issues important to autistic persons in INSAR meetings and in overall autism research across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, and other disciplines; and
  • To advise the INSAR Board on issues important to autistic people.

INSAR is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism. INSAR was formed in 2001 and is governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors who oversee all functions of the Society. Various committees assist the Board in carrying out the mission of the Society. They are known internationally for the international conference that occurs annually, providing opportunities for researchers and stakeholders to examine the newest research, to foster connections and to network with professional from around the world.

The newly appointed members include:

BOARD LIAISON: John Elder Robison (he/him) Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence, William and Mary 

CO-CHAIR: Patrick Dwyer (he/him), PhD Student, UC Davis

CO-CHAIR: TC Waisman (she/her) EdD Student, University of Calgary

Dena L. Gassner (she/her), PhD Candidate, Adelphi University; Adjunct Faculty, Towson University; National Board Member for The Arc US

Jac den Houting (they/them), Postdoctoral Research Associate, Macquarie University

Steven Kapp (he/him), Lecturer, University of Portsmouth Brett Ranon Nachman (he/him), PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dora M. Raymaker (they/them/any), Research Assistant Professor, Portland State University / Regional Research Institute for Human Services

Stephen Mark Shore (he/him), Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education, Adelphi University; Adjunct Professor of Occupational Therapy, New York University

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