Family and Teacher Perceptions: Optimizing Outcomes for Youth with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

You are invited to attend a virtual community research symposium presented by the UCR SEARCH Center and funded by the California Department of Developmental Disabilities.


This community research symposium is part of a recently awarded grant to better support parents and caregivers of youth with autism and/or intellectual disabilities in the Inland Empire. This virtual event will include a series of lightning talks to demonstrate the many activities of the SEARCH Center, followed by a Q&A session with faculty researchers and student scholars.


The program includes:

  • Welcome and overview of the SEARCH Center | Dr. Jan Blacher, Director of the SEARCH Center, & Dr. Katherine Stavropoulos, Assistant Director of the SEARCH Center 
  • Parent perspectives on the transition to adulthood for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities | Elina Veytsman, Graduate Student Researcher 
  • Parent perceptions of a social skills intervention for adolescents with autism | Tricia Choy, Graduate Student Researcher
  • Needs and experiences of families with school-aged children during COVID-19 | Giselle Salinas, Graduate Student Researcher
  • Sibling roles of adolescents with autism, intellectual disability, or typical development Elizabeth Baker, Graduate Student Researcher 
  • Early findings from a telehealth model for autism screenings | Michelle Heyman, Clinic Coordinator and Graduate Student Researcher
  • Strengths and challenges for young children with autism: Parent and teacher reports | Katie Fullerton, Graduate Student Researcher


To register, please click on the link below:


Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Health & Wellness


General Public




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