The Institute on Disability and Human Development at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) recently received a grant from the State of Illinois that is supporting the adaptation of Skills System for use with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Autism Awareness Program (AAP) grant aims to increase awareness of issues facing individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families across the life span and to provide education on ASD to providers, families, and people with ASD that translates the latest research into practice. The UIC team is working collaboratively with Dr. Brown to develop enhanced teaching materials/processes for this population.

Based on experience and information gathered through use of the Skills System program in the Illinois Short-term Stabilization Housing pilot program for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, the curriculum is being modified for use with individuals with ASD who benefit from verbal, visual and interactive instruction. The Skills System training for individuals with ASD will occur in two community based agencies in Chicago and surrounding areas, allowing for consistency of language and instruction between staff and clients.