Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced the recipients of this year’s Autism Scholars Awards, given to one student at the master’s level and at the doctoral level in the province. We are proud to announce that the recipients of this year’s award are both students of York University. Congratulations to Michelle Viecili, PhD. Candidate, and Azin Taheri, M.A. Candidate!
Each student has received additional funding through Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to assist her in conducting research on autism. The support of this award will help to broaden the current understanding of autism and developmental disabilities.
Viecili’s present research is focusing on experiences of interpersonal violence in adults with autism spectrum disorders. By understanding the sorts of experiences adults with ASD face when it comes to sexuality and violence, and the factors that lead to an increased risk of victimization, more successful preventative programs can be implemented.
Taheri’s research is currently focusing on children with autism and developmental disabilities. The project she is now working on aims to evaluate the quality of interventions for children with autism. She notes that, “The contributions I hope to make as a student, researcher and clinician are part of a larger ambition to provide better outcomes for children with disabilities.”