Autism Alliance

The Autism Alliance is a committee of researchers, state agency representatives, advocacy organization representatives, consumers, and parents of individuals with autism. The PEARLS’ faculty were instrumental in establishing the Autism Alliance and currently serve as active members. The Alliance meets quarterly and provides a forum for members to learn about what is taking place in the state related to early identification and intervention in autism and to investigate ways to collaborate on current and future projects/initiatives. The stated long term mission of the Alliance is to “To promote a high quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families”. The long term objectives of the Alliance include: (a) To have a coordinated system of care that is accessible by all consumers with ASD, and their families that extends across the lifespan (although our initial focus is on early screening and intervention); (b) To have a strong interdisciplinary workforce in the state that is competent with early screening, differential diagnosis, evidence-based interventions, transitional services, and other life skill needs; and (c) To have reduced time from initial parental concerns to initial service provision. Several collaborative projects have been developed by the Alliance and are currently underway. The current Chairs of the Alliance are Dr. Steve Hooper, Dr. Marion Earls, and Ms. Matty Lazo-Chadderton. For more information about or to join the Autism Alliance, contact Dr. Steve Hooper Stephen.hooper@cdl.unc.edu.

Participating PEARLS members include:  

Grace Baranek, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Occupational Science
Linda Watson, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences
Steve Reznick, Ph.D., Professor, Developmental Psychology
Lauren Turner Brown, Ph.D., NDRC & TEACCH