Ami Tint is a PhD student in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program at York University. Her research focuses on women with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who often have difficulties accessing appropriate services because they may be catered to the needs of young boys with ASD. She will look at how women with ASD perceive their service experiences; what individual, family and social variables predict service use and unmet needs of women with ASD; and how the service experiences of women with ASD differ from those of men with ASD. She hopes the results from this study will inform community practice and policy for women with ASD.
Kaela Scott is a Master’s student in Neuroscience at Western University. Her research focuses on studying the differences and similarities in the ways that the brains of people with autism process auditory and visual information through the use of animal models. In all brains, there are areas that process mainly auditory information and areas that process mainly visual information, as well as regions that combine the information received from both the auditory and visual areas. These regions allow us to incorporate and relate both the sounds and sights we experience every day. Studies have shown that auditory and visual information that a typically developing person perceives as happening at separate times, a person on the autism spectrum might perceive as occurring at the same time. Kaela is exploring if differences in the way the brain functions underlies this altered audio-visual perception. Her research – the first of its kind – will look at one of the combo auditory and visual areas in the brain of a rat with autism-like features to see if there are differences in its size, position, and the way it processes information in time as compared with the brains of typically-developing rats. Such differences could play a role in altering the way individuals with ASD process auditory and visual information.