About ACE-CSI (email kgillyn@gmail.com with questions)

Welcome to the ACE-CSI website!

This site is designed to provide information about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to people who are and are not on the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed when social-communicative difficulties and restricted interests or repetitive behaviors make it more difficult for an individual to function in his or her environment.The website was developed with funding from CUNY Project REACH http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/sa/services/disabilities/ASDandProjectREACH.html which in turn was funded by the FAR Fund http://www.farfund.org/ by Charles Zivko, Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Dr. Patricia Brooks and Christopher Cruz-Cullari. It is managed by Dr. Gillespie-Lynch, kgillyn@gmail.com.

Our program has been featured in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/project-reach_us_572227d9e4b0f309baefe839

1. On this home page, you will see a calendar of upcoming training events about ASD at the Center for Student Accessibility at CSI (Center for the Arts (1P), Room 101). The Center for Student Accessibility hosts a free mentorship program for college students with ASD and other disabilities. This mentorship program is designed to help students transition effectively into college and from college into the workforce. Students participate in weekly group meetings which are from 3:25-4:25 in 2s-215 at CSI this term. These meetings focus on a specific curriculum each semester. This semester we are focusing on writing, in addition to our ongoing focus on self-advocacy and social skills. Students are also invited to participate in one-on-one meetings with mentors to help them progress toward individualized academic, social and professional goals.

2. On the training page, you will see a training about ASD developed based on the most up to date research as of December 2013 by an autism specialist who has worked with people on the spectrum for a decade. We have found that participation in this training is associated with decreased stigma towards and increased knowledge of autism among college students in the US, Japan and Lebanon and teachers in Lebanon. We have published two papers about the training in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The papers and the training are available open-access on ResearchGate. We are currently adapting it to train teachers in Montreal, Paris and Hong Kong.

3. On the resources page, you will find links to local, national and international websites about ASD.

4. On the screening page, you will find a screening tool (the RITVO Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised) to assess risk for ASD.

5. On the news page, you will find breaking news and research findings about ASD.

You do not have to register in order to use this site. However, two aspects of the site are only accessible to people who register: the planning tool page and the forum page.

6. The planning tool is designed to help individuals on the spectrum plan for the future by breaking long-term goals into sub-goals and monitoring their progress.

7. The forum is a discussion board where students with or without ASD can interact with one another and discuss their college experiences.

This website was developed with funding from CUNY Project REACH and the Far Fund by Charles Zivko, Dr Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Dr. Patricia Brooks and Christopher Cruz Cullari (Director of the Center for Student Accessibility). If you have any questions or feedback about the website, please email Kristen Gillespie-Lynch at kgillyn@gmail.com