Two researchers are being recognized for their work which aims to improve the lives of children with autism by helping them interact socially.
Amanda Binns, a PhD candidate, and Meara Stow, a Master’s student, both at Western University, are the 2019 recipients of the Autism Scholars Awards, administered by the Council of Ontario Universities.
Binns, this year’s recipient of the $20,000 Doctoral Award, is investigating how different forms of play can be managed and structured to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) interact with their parents.
Stow, recipient of the $18,000 Masters Award, is researching cognitive factors in children with ASD that are associated with the difficulties they face when processing social and emotional signals.
The Autism Scholars Awards support pioneering research into autism, which has become the fastest-growing neurological disorder in Canada.
The Autism Scholars Awards Program was established with the support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to ensure that Ontario continues to promote leading-edge scholarship into the condition, which affects one in 66 Canadian children, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
For more information on how the awards are administered, click here.
To learn about last year’s winners, click here.