Autism Intervention Research Network for Physical Health (AIR-P)

I am honoured to be a decision-making partner serving on a Autistic Researchers Review Board (ARRB) of the AIR-P along with other noted Autistic leaders in their respective fields. Formerly under the Autism Speaks umbrella, AIR-P is now under the leadership of Dr. Alice Kuo of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and partners at Kaiser Permanente, the AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Research will focus on Health Services, Primary Care/Prevention, Well-Being, Neurology, Genetics, Sexual Health, and Health Care Transitions.

With a $15 million investment by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (US), AIR-P is “addressing the physical health of autistic individuals across the lifespan [to ensure] they are on a trajectory for a healthy and fulfilling life,” says Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator of AIR-P and Chief of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at UCLA.

Fifteen Coordinating Research Entities (CREs) have already signed on to the AIR-P network, with more to follow. These fifteen include the following AUCD network members: Center for Human Development (Alaska), Sonoran UCEDD (Arizona), JFK Partners (Colorado), Rose F. Kennedy Center (New York), Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (Indiana), Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (Kansas), Kennedy Krieger Institute (Maryland), Mailman Center for Child Development (Florida), Institute on Community Integration (Minnesota), The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (New Jersey), Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (Tennessee), UC Davis MIND Institute (California), Institute on Disability and Human Development (Illinois), Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (North Carolina) and Center on Human Development and Disability (Washington).

For more information about the new AIR-P network at UCLA, please email

Published by TC Waisman

Since 1998, TC has worked with leaders in large organizations to enhance their leadership capabilities and make consequential changes to their leadership practice. Coaching and training leaders for over 20 years, TC has learned to support her clients’ development using organizational best practices and evidence-based research. TC is an ICF certified coach, she holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training, and she is currently undertaking her doctoral degree in leadership in a post-secondary context. Inspired by her late autism diagnosis at 48 years old, her research focuses on how higher education leaders can enhance services and outcomes for autistic students in higher learning. Since beginning her research two years ago, TC has co-founded a not-for-profit society for neurodiverse individuals, spoken on autism related topics, published an academic literature review on autism and the implications for higher learning, and was appointed an editorial board member of the new scientific journal Autism in Adulthood. TC is of Indigenous Fijian and Nepalese origin. She moved to Vancouver in 1976 where she currently lives with Dean her partner of 30 years. TC is a proud mother to her fiercely funny 23-year-old daughter Sunshine and the author of the book 75 Traits of Great Leaders. TC is on target to complete her doctoral degree in 2020.

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