Our goal is to comprehensively prioritize specific positive health and healthcare outcomes desired by autistic adults, identify potential evidence-based interventions and best practices, and to engage stakeholders in collectively implementing the prioritized interventions through patient-centered outcomes research.
We envision a world in which autistic adults have access to appropriate healthcare to support positive health outcomes. We strive for a healthcare landscape where autistics are more involved in determining their outcomes, have influence in meeting their care needs, and are empowered by their medical providers. We anticipate a future in which autistic adults have the cooperation of the medical profession in helping to improve health outcomes through adaptation to sensory, physical, social and attitudinal environments.
We value diversity, inclusion, and positivity. We embrace novel ideas, collaboration, teamwork and neurodiversity.
Identity-First versus Person-first Language
Please note we are using identity first language in place of person first language. In our work with stakeholders, specifically autistic self advocates, many prefer identity first language that does not separate their condition (autism) from who they are. This is a acceptable convention that self advocates use in print descriptions.
This Project is funded by a $250,000 Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement award from the non-profit organization, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), EAIN# 4208 to Augusta University.