David Biegel, PhD, Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice and Chair of the Doctoral Program at the Mandel School, is the principal investigator of a project on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) titled “Supporting Families of Adolescents and Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders,” which received a Mt. Sinai Catalytic Autism Research Award of $21,400 from the CWRU International Center for Autism Research and Education.
Adolescents and adults with ASD demonstrate persistent impairments in adaptive functioning and social roles and often remain very dependent upon their parents. The purpose of this project is a needs assessment of family caregivers (CG) of adolescents and young adults (16 to 30 yrs.) with ASD to gather data that will inform the development, implementation and testing of intervention programs to address unmet family needs.