October 18, 2012

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center kicks off social connection project with Facebook presence

The new Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is launching a research project focused on fostering positive relationship and social connections for high school students with autism spectrum disorders.

Staff members are looking for parents, family members, educators, administrators, advocates, employers, service providers, youth without disabilities, and other community members to provide ideas and input on strategies for helping youth with autism spectrum disorders to flourish socially. One of the ways they are reaching out to these potential volunteers is through social media, via a new Facebook page (facebook.com/asdtransitions).

The study is seeking those who have prior or current experience with high school students with autism. Participants will receive a $25 gift card for participating and also have a chance to shape the work of this national center and schools around the country.

In addition, the team is inviting youths and young adults with autism spectrum disorders to share their feedback and ideas on this same topic through an individual interview. The interview can be done in person, online, or by electronic questionnaire. Each participating young person will receive a $10 gift card for sharing his/her views.

To view and “like” the Center’s Facebook page, visit http://www.facebook.com/asdtransitions/. To learn more about the project or to volunteer, visit kc.vanderbilt.edu/transition or contact Jenny Redding at jenny.redding@vanderbilt.edu or  936-7075.