Chemistry and Physics Seminar: The Roles of Science and Advocacy in Shaping Autism Policy

Friday, September 3, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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The Department of Chemistry and Physics launches its Seminar series for Fall this Friday. Details for this week’s virtual Zoom talk are given below.


Department of Chemistry and Physics

Friday, 9/3/2021

3-4 p.m. Eastern

Dr. Susan Daniels, Office of Autism Research Coordination


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The Roles of Science and Advocacy in Shaping Autism Policy

Over the past 2 decades, increasing recognition of autism and the needs of children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families has resulted in the growth of autism as a field of policy and practice. Autism has become a topic of cutting edge scientific research as well as groundbreaking public policy that is building upon and contributing to work in other fields related to neuroscience and disabilities. In this talk, Dr. Daniels will discuss the role of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) in providing a platform for the public to play a role in shaping federal autism research and disability policy.

Dr. Daniels is Director of the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Executive Secretary of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a federal advisory committee created by Congress to coordinate federal activities and provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In her role with the OARC and IACC, Dr. Daniels oversees the strategic planning, policy, communications, and operations for the committee and serves as a liaison with external agencies. In 2021, Dr. Daniels was designated as the Acting National Autism Coordinator, a role created by Congress to facilitate coordination and implementation of autism activities across federal agencies, taking into account the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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