Prof de Vries andi his global team has just been awarded substantial funding for the TANDem Project (Epowering Families through Technology: a mobile–health project to reduce the TAND identification and treatment gap).
2 Aril is World Autism Awareness Day and April is World Autism Awareness Month. This is a special day and month set aside when Member States of the United Nations are encouraged to take active measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.
Dr Liezl Schlebusch and Ms Sandy Klopper (director of Autism South Africa) attended the 2nd International Technical Consultation and Coordination Meeting on the World Health Organisation's Caregiver Skills Training Programme for families of children with developmental disabilities.
Two stakeholder workshops (one in the North West Province and one in Gauteng) were recently held as part of the DiamonD Families Study, which is a partnered venture between the Centre for Autism Research in Africa, the National Department of Social Development, and Autism South Africa.
Dr Lauren Franz and Prof Petrus de Vries recently published a summary of their ongoing work at CARA in the on-line research platform "Spectrum".
Professor Petrus de Vries, head of CARA, was recently elected as a Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).
CARA just named as the recipient of the INSAR 2018 Cultural Diversity Research Award!
A new blog entitled Autism research in Africa was recently published in the open access journal Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics. The blog was written by CARA members Prof Petrus de Vries and Josh Yeatman.
To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, the US Consulate in Cape Town and CARA partnered together to host a special film screening and discussion about Oscar nominated documentary, Life, Animated. The film is an inspiring story about a young man with autism and his lifelong love of Disney movies which allows him to process the world and in turn learn to communicate. It depicts his and his family's journey from early childhood to adulthood.
The CARA team in conjunction with the UCT based Adolescent Health Research Unit and the Neurodevelopmental Foundation are excited about the recent launch of a new youtube channel, called Theneurodevelopmentalchannel.
We are excited to announce the appointment of Dr Liezl Schlebusch as a lecturer in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
CARA team members are soon presenting their research findings at two prestigious international conferences: International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) in Rotterdam and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (IACAPAP) in Prague.