The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) SIRG was first introduced during the planning stages of the 2016 IASSIDD 15th World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, where there was a strong presence of autism research, with a robust and well-attended series of ASD papers on the programme. In addition, one of the conference keynote speakers, Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, was chosen to reflect this growing interest of IASSIDD members in ASD research and spoke about environmental influences on ASD. The group also put together a panel of discussants following Irva’s well-attended talk.
The first meeting of the members of the new ASD SIRG also took place at the 15th World Congress in Melbourne. Professor Jan Blacher is the founder of the ASD SIRG and served as its Chair until the 2019 IASSIDD 16th World Congress in Glasgow, when a new Executive Committee was selected.
The rationale for the ASD SIRG is simple. There has been much publicity about the increase in ASD prevalence, yet the focus of autism research community has been primarily on individuals who do not have co-occurring intellectual disabilities, particularly with respect to educational, employment and social outcomes.
For this reason, the ASD SIRG is focused exclusively on those individuals with ASD who have co-occuring intellectual disabilities and their families. Many of these individuals have unique and challenging needs that require targeted research and interventions. The ASD SIRG aims to fill that need by bringing together researchers from across the globe to identify and develop a research-to-practice agenda for the most pressing social, educational and policy challenges faced by this population.
ECR Virtual Lightning Talk Competition
The Autism Spectrum Disorders Special Interest Research Group (SIRG) is excited to announce an abstract call for a Virtual Lightning Talk Competition. The competition will take place in mid-October 2021 on Zoom.
What is a Lightning Talk?
A Lightning Talk is a concise (3-minute maximum), oral presentation designed to quickly introduce people to a research project. A Lightning Talk should be understood by a lay audience and should convey the main goal of the research, broader impact, and how it extends the ASD literature. By presenting a Lightning Talk, participants will gain experience in communicating their work in a concise and simple, yet thought-provoking and inspiring way.
Who will present the Lightning Talks?
This competition features two categories of presenters:
- Students/trainees (e.g., MA, MSc, MPhil, PhD, DClinPsy)
- Early career researchers (individuals who are within 8-10 years of their PhD or within 6-8 years of their first academic appointment).
How to apply to present a Lightning Talk
Applicants may apply to present a Lightning Talk by completing the application form below. Applicants selected to participate in the program will be notified by September 30, 2021.
Awards will be presented to the top three presenters in each category who receive the highest scores. Please see Judging Criteria below. The award-winning presentations – with the presenters’ permission – will be shared via the ASD SIRG Twitter and newsletter, and published on the ASD SIRG website
Executive Committee Meetings
As per IASSIDD bylaws
Chair: Ewelina Rydzewska firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-chair: Yasamin Bolourian email@example.com
Secretary: Caroline Richards C.R.Richards@bham.ac.uk
Treasurer: Yurgos Politis firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative to council: Jan Blacher email@example.com
JPPID Associate Editor: Dawn Adams firstname.lastname@example.org