What makes a research symposium successful? Is it standing-room only attendance, national keynote speakers, or the ability to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders? In the case of MacART, the answer is all of the above.
As one of the newer research teams at HHS, MacART has made great headways since its official launch in 2016. MacART (The McMaster Autism Research Team) is a partnership between McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University that aims to bridge the research-to-practice gap in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). MacART is designed to foster collaboration among the families, researchers, clinicians, educators, and policymakers whose lives and work are touched by ASD.
In addition to advancing ASD interests at the local, provincial, and federal levels, the group has gained significant attention by hosting two very successful symposia. The more recent was held in September 2017, a one-day event that drew 250 participants. This year’s focus was on “Rethinking Autism Training.” The collaborative forum encouraged discussion and insight from individuals and representatives that seldom have an opportunity to meet face-to-face.
The new video captures the engagement and strong support of the ASD stakeholder community.
A summary symposium report with actionable items will be released in the coming weeks; it will be posted on the MacART website.
For more information contact:
Research coordinator: Anna Kata
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 21511