by Kelly Carr
While autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses continue to rise, research on the adult population with ASD remains limited. This is worrisome as current trajectories show poor adult outcomes related to an ASD diagnosis, especially if the individual also has an intellectual disability (ID). While these poor outcomes are often attributed to the core symptoms of ASD, it is also important to consider health and lifestyle factors. For example, individuals with ASD are less physically active than their typically developing peers during childhood and adolescence. Additionally, sedentary behaviours often increase with age. This trend is reinforced by poor measures of fitness, and increased rates of obesity and secondary health conditions within this population. The Adapted Physical Exercise (APEX) research interest group at the University of Windsor was formed in the interest of improving health and fitness habits through participation in exercise and sport among adults with ASD and an ID.
On November 14th, from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm, the APEX research interest group will be featured on an education and learning webcast hosted by the Community Networks of Specialized Care. This webcast will include a discussion on the history and development of the APEX research interest group. There will also be information regarding the design of the adapted exercise protocols, measures used to collect health, fitness, and motor skills data. The results of qualitative research will also be discussed, including the wider impact of the APEX program from the perspectives of the personal support workers, the personal trainers, and additional fitness facility users. The webcast will wrap up with discussion of the role of the APEX program as a community service, and what the future holds for the APEX research interest group.
Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
(1) go to http://webcast.otn.ca/
(2) under Live Events, click on Private Events
(3) login with username: cnsc1 and password: network1
To register, please contact your Telemedicine Coordinator or local Community Networks of Specialized Care location:
Central Ontario Network of Specialized Care:
(705) 526-0311 ext. 355, email@example.com
Eastern Ontario Network of Specialized Care:
(613) 548-4417, ext. 1107, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Ontario Network of Specialized Care:
(705) 645-7478 ext. 3221, email@example.com
Southern Ontario Network of Specialized Care:
1-800-640-4108 ext. 7215, firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information please contact a member of the APEX research interest group:
Kelly Carr, MHK, PhD Student, APEX Program Coordinator (email@example.com)
Nadia Azar, PhD, Associate Professor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chad Sutherland, MSc, Applied Learning Coordinator (email@example.com)
Sean Horton, PhD, Associate Professor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About the Author
Kelly Carr is a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor, where she also earned her BHK and MHK. Kelly has held the position of Adapted Physical Exercise (APEX) coordinator over the past year, which has helped shape her research interests in health, fitness, and the quality of life for adults with autism and intellectual disability.