Mobile REACH - for Resources and Education for Autism and Community Health is here!
The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute recently created one of the first mobile units focused on autism spectrum disorders with generous support from the Lurie foundation and the Philadelphia Eagles. Mobile REACH is a tool to help people learn about the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, resources, services, and supports available to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and families.
Ideas for the design for the mobile REACH were generated by students from the Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media and Design through a student design competition. The students competed to create both the outside and inside design while keeping in mind the special interests, sensitivities, and needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and their families. The outside design features the Drexel University logo and dragon, and has the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute logo featured on removable magnets. The inside of the unit has room for storage of outreach materials, but also has the capacity to provide assessments.
Mobile REACH will travel to individuals and families who do aren’t able to easily reach West Philadelphia. The mobile outreach unit will travel throughout Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, and into suburban and rural Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware areas with a special focus on providing information to individuals and families in underserved and underrepresented communities. The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute will also bring the outreach unit to community outreach events.
Faculty and staff from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute worked on the development of a mobile assessment unit that brings the Clinical and Outreach Cores into the communities. The mobile unit will be used to help with research projects but can also be used in initiatives designed to increase autism spectrum disorder awareness. To design our first mobile assessment unit, the Autism Institute partnered with the Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to host a student design competition. Click here to read more about the student design competition or click below to browse the innovative designs the students produced and presented. Please check back often or contact us for more information or updates on progress.
Team One's Design [PDF]
Team Two's Design [PDF]
Team Three's Design [PDF]
Team Four's Design [PDF]
Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative
Director of ASERT Collaborative Eastern Region: Lindsay Shea
Funder: Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Services
Autism Institute researchers collaborate on the Eastern Regional site of the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative. Along with partners in the western (University of Pittsburgh) and central (Penn State University) regions of the state, the Autism Institute is leading a broad portfolio of projects primarily aimed at improving the lives of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Please click here to learn more about the ASERT collaborative and the projects that are currently ongoing. Click here to read the Pennsylvania Autism Census Project and the Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment Reports.