Autism Relationship Study

For anyone who is not aware, Miss Lexi’s brother is in his fourth year pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of North Dakota. He gained notoriety early in his academic career at Saint Martins University by identifying how many previous Autism studies have overlooked some of the common behavioral and social traits of people on the spectrum. These studies, in not accommodating and considering the social and behavioral differences, have missed significant opportunities and have led to confusing results. The vast majority of Autism studies are focused on young children on the spectrum, with very little focus on late-teens and adults. His career goal is to pioneer studies on Autism for the millions of adults who are left with little support as they try to navigate the professional world and relationships. It is estimated that less than 10% of people on the Autism spectrum will ever be in a long-term romantic relationship.

 

We are asking all of our friends to share the word – He is conducting an international study on Autism Spectrum Disorder and romantic relationships. The more participation he receives, the better! Please note that he is seeking the participation of adults on the spectrum. This is a comparative study, and it has been designed to leverage data from the large volume of relationship studies for “neurotypical” relationships.


https://tinyurl.com/AutismRelationshipSurvey/

Helping our Community

We at Kinetic Dance Academy have a long history of supporting OlyMEGA, a nonprofit makerspace in Olympia. We support the organization so much that one of the Kinetic Dance Academy family is a member of their executive board.  They helped us brainstorm and implement some of the technology in our studio, and OlyMEGA members helped us with our initial remodel of an empty warehouse into a beautiful, safe space to teach and learn dance.

OlyMEGA has been producing Personal Protective Equipment with their three 3D printers at least eight hours per day since mid-March, and their members are also making reusable cotton face masks at an impressive pace.  They are making and handing out tools to other crafty people, so that they can also make this equipment easily and quickly. They are running out of raw materials and the funds to purchase more materials to continue production.  As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, any donations are tax-deductible.  The members who are producing this equipment are volunteering their time, so any donations will be used to purchase raw materials or equipment to continue making PPE.

As of April 17th, they have created 562 face-shields, 347 face mask ear relief extenders, and more than 100 handmade cloth face-masks.  They have donated this equipment to South Sound Behavioral Hospital, Northwest Bloodworks, the Olympia Police Department, the Olympia Post Office and other organizations.  JUNE 15 UPDATE:  OlyMEGA has made more than 1000 face shields and many hundreds more ear relief extenders, face mask and face shield clips, cloth face masks and tools for others to produce cloth face masks.  This huge volume of 3D prints has worked their 3D printers hard.  Each has needed to be taken down for maintenance and recovery from the heavy use, with some needing replacement parts.  Although Washington State is in the midst of reopening, the demand for this PPE still remains strong, and OlyMEGA is still fulfilling orders of a hundred or more items each week.

In an effort to ensure that they can continue producing this equipment, OlyMEGA started a GoFundMe campaign, and will use any funds generated to purchase the raw materials to continue this production.  When we pull out of this crisis, any remaining funds raised will be used to help the local maker community grow, by ensuring a place where anyone who is curious can learn how to use tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and sewing machines to name just a few.