I am honoured to be a decision-making partner serving on the grant review board 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).
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