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Webinar: Health and Quality of Life in Middle-Aged and Older Autistic Adults

Date Published: November 15, 2023

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Bishop shares updates from her research on the health and well-being in autistic people as they age. She discusses what is known about both healthy aging and early or accelerated aging in autistic people. She shares insights from qualitative and quantitative studies that highlight factors that underlie risk and resilience in autistic people in mid to late life. Some of these findings were made possible by SPARK participants

Who is Lauren Bishop?

Lauren Bishop, Ph.D., M.S.W., is an associate professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and principal investigator at the Waisman Center and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on empowering autistic adults to live long, healthy, and self-determined lives in their communities. She is currently studying disparities in health and wellbeing, as well as mechanisms underlying both healthy aging and early and accelerated aging, in autistic adults as they age. Her social work practice experience includes roles as a school counselor and a social skills group leader for autistic children, adolescents, and adults.