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Nov 30 2012

NYIT Experts Contribute to New Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Central Islip, N.Y.  (November 30, 2012) ─ New York Institute of Technology autism experts are among the contributors to a comprehensive new reference book on autism spectrum disorders.

The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders contains 32 entries from faculty and staff associated with the Vocational Independence Program (VIP), NYIT’s educational, vocational, social, and independent living program for individuals with learning differences. Assistant Encyclopedia of Autism Professor Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D., of the School of Health Professions also contributed to several entries in the encyclopedia, which VIP Executive Director Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D.,says is considered to be the most extensive guide to autism in the field. 

“The team of writers assembled is impressive because these are people at the top of their fields across disciplines as diverse as genetics, engineering, medicine, and social work,” VanBergeijk said.  “This encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference work for anyone interested in learning more about autism – scholars, parents, teachers, and doctors. NYIT faculty experts contributed to some of the major entries in the encyclopedia, including those concerning the definition of autism, vocational programs, employment, and federal legislation.”

The encyclopedia is also available online, ensuring that contributors are able to update content with new studies or information.

VanBergeijk said the editor of the volume approached NYIT based on its VIP program, which is the only federally-approved Comprehensive Transition and Post-secondary program in New York State.

“Our team of faculty works on the new frontier of autism which is the transition of young adults on the spectrum to the world of work and independent living,” he said. “Furthermore, we have been working in this area for 25 years. We brought all of this experience and knowledge to our writing contributions to the Encyclopedia.”



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