Len Abbeduto, Ph.D.
Director, UC Davis MIND Institute
Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine
Autism, Community and Technology Big Idea
My passion for this Big Idea
“One of my most meaningful experiences happened when I was walking through our clinic at the MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute. I met a family who was here because their son was being evaluated for a possible diagnosis of autism. What was so meaningful about this family was that it wasn’t just the mom and the son who were here. The mom, dad, son, big brother, an aunt and the grandparents were all at the clinic together. They were all invested in this child.
“Autism is about families, and it changes families forever. So families have to be part of the solution, and they also need our help.”
For me, that was this ‘Aha!’ moment. This is not a disorder that resides in a child. Autism is about families, and it changes families forever. So families have to be part of the solution, and they also need our help.
And by using technology in new ways to connect families, communities and caregivers, this Big Idea will ensure no family goes without support throughout the lifespan of those impacted by autism.”