Dr. Jonathan Weiss, the Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research is a co-principal investigator on the Great Outcomes for Kids Impacted by Severe Developmental Disabilities (GO4KIDDS) research project. GO4KIDDS is a York-led project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which was developed to discover more about health, wellbeing, and social inclusion of children with developmental disabilities as well as the experiences of their families.
The project had two parts:
1) A nationwide report card in which parents responded to questions about their children’s:
- Skills and behaviours
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Behaviour problems
- Social participation and wellbeing
2) Three focused studies:
- Family Quality of Life Study
- Social Inclusion Study
- Health Care and Service Utilization Study
On March 18th, results from the GO4KIDDS project were presented to the Department of Psychology, at York University. The data collection phase of the project has been completed, and the team is focused on informing policy-makers and families of the findings.
To read about the project’s research findings, recommendations, view the Y-file article here.