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Archived News: In Research and Intervention
September 2012

VCU Research with Apple Technology in the News!

Tony Gentry, staff member at the VCU Autism Center for Excellence and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at VCU, was recently quoted in both the L.A. Times and The Atlantic for his work with technology and individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Gentry’s case study research with Apple’s iPod technology and individuals with ASD was published last week in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Three case studies using Apple’s iPod technology in the work environment were examined and the results found that the use of such PDA’s not only improved work performance, but also decreased behavioral challenges. As Monte Morin from the L.A. Times (September 5, 2012) noted, the study was part of a four-year trial and was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Adults with ASD are often notoriously underemployed or unemployed and such technological support may help integrate more individuals with ASD into the workforce. Morin also quoted Dr. Gentry, “Strategies that provide enlightened workplace supports are clearly needed in order to help people with ASD find useful work and perform successfully on the job.” Everyone here at the VCU Autism Center for Excellence would like to congratulate Dr. Gentry on his new publication and his dedication to improving the lives of individuals with ASD!

To view the entire LA Times (September 5, 2012) article, click here.

To view the report in The Atlantic (September 6, 2012), click here.


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