AACTION is a 501(c)3 humanitarian organization dedicated to developing worldwide awareness, support and acceptance of autism through education and training.
Our Team: Katie Hench, Kim Goldsmith, Christopher Flint
Our Mission: To enhance autism awareness and strategies in Nigeria, Africa. We know on this journey, as with all of our other travels, we will learn as much as we share.
This is a very exciting trip for us. It is our first mission to Africa. This will be the first training of its kind in Nigeria, ans possibly all of Western Africa. We have so many activities planned besides teacher and parent training, including: radio interviews, a walk-a-thon, and school visits paired with consultation. We are taking the first step towards a long and important partnership with our colleagues in Nigeria.
This is also a special trip for another reason. The inspiration for starting AACTION seven years ago was a Nigerian woman, Yinka, speaking at a conference in North Carolina. Her passion and pleas were felt by Christopher Flint, who went back to Chicago to begin working on starting what would be become AACTION Autism. Seven years later, we will reunite with Yinka and fulfill our promise to assist her in any way we can.
We will attempt to update this blog with our journey as often as possible. We appreciate your support and could not do this without you!
AACTION Fundraiser at Kincade's!
Friday, MARCH 1, 7-10pm
Kincade's - 950 W Armitage, Chicago
Come eat, drink, and support AACTION's upcoming trip to NIGERIA!
In March, AACTION Autism will be sending a team of 3 volunteers to Lagos, Nigeria. While there, the team will be sharing information, providing training, and offering support to families and educators who are desperately trying to learn more about autism.
Please help our cause by attending our fundraising event from 7-9pm on March 1 at Kincade's (950 W Armitage, Chicago)!! Your support will make a difference for a child and their family in Nigeria.
More details to come!!
We are hosting a volunteer event to create curriculum for an autism classroom in Barbados!
So many exciting things going on with AACTION - take a few minutes to see what's new!
AACTION recently sat down with Dr. Gary Mesibov to find out more about his thoughts on autism research and services. Below is the interview in its entirety:
Q: What are current trends in autism research?
GM: It is tough to answer your question about current trends in Autism research because considerable time and money are going into research at the moment and many talented investigators are working on a wide mixture of projects. Following are a few or the major themes:
A. Early identification - Today most investigators and clinicians feel comfortable identifying Autism around the age of 18 months to 2 years of age. Many believe it can be identified earlier, sometime during the first year of life. Therefore, numerous research projects are examining possible strategies for accomplishing this earlier identification.
B. Most drugs used for Autism help alleviate symptoms like anxiety or behavior problems. Considerable attention is now being directed toward trying to find medications that help with basic processes like social interaction or cognitive functioning.
C. Genetic causes of Autism have been a hot topic for years and this work continues. But a study last summer suggests that environmental causes might be as important as, or even more important than, the genetic causes. Examples of possible environmental contributing factors that are being investigated include medications and vitamins taken by mothers during pregnancy that seem to increase or decrease the risk of having a child with ASD.
D. Lots of interest in adolescents and adults with autism and several research projects are underway to look at these age groups more intensively.
Q: How do you see autism research and services changing in the next 10 years?