Finishing strong: CONNECT conference presentations in 2019

Finishing strong: CONNECT conference presentations in 2019

The CONNECT project is nearing completion and the team has been busy sharing their experience and findings with health and social service providers, policy-makers and the Autistic community—an important aim of this three-year project.

In 2019, the CONNECT team participated in five major conferences and events that increased CONNECT’s national and international exposure and contributed to the legacy of this innovative collaboration.

Canadian Autism Leadership Summit — April 2019, Ottawa, Ontario

Aaron Bouma, one of CONNECT’s patients advisors, presented a poster, Innovative Dissemination of Research Findings by Autistic Adults, at the 2019 Canadian Autism Leadership Summit which was organized by the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA). The bilingual poster focused on the filming and production of the short-length CONNECT video.

Learn more about the CONNECT video 

Annual Meeting of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) — May 2019, Montréal, Québec

Patricia George-Zwicker, CONNECT Co-Lead, and Louise Tardif and Aaron Bouma, both patient advisors with CONNECT, helped to produce two posters and presented them on behalf of CONNECT.

  • One poster, Services for Family-Dependent Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Why Some Are Received and Others Are Not, presented highlights of the CONNECT needs assessment survey data.
  • The second poster, A Source of Life-Giving “Autistic Oxygen”: The CONNECT Project and its Lessons for Future Multistakeholder Research on Adult Autism, focused on the patient engagement dimension of the CONNECT project.

Finishing strong: CONNECT conference presentations in 2019