Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.
Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
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Research Advisory Board
The Autism in Context Research Advisory Board consists of members of the University of Delaware community who identify as being on the autism spectrum. Members of the advisory board provide critiques and advice on current research projects. The advisory board shapes the Autism in Context research agenda.
finnigan madison (ze/hir & he/him) is an autistic, jewish, gay & genderqueer trans man from newark, de. ze holds a BA in asian studies from university of delaware (’19), with a minor in religious studies. he is currently an ambassador and self-advocate working with spectrum scholars, a college-to-career program for autistic students at hir alma mater.
finnigan’s special interests include judaism, beekeeping, meditation, and gardening. he strongly dislikes capital letters. ze is fascinated by the intersections of neurodiversity, transgender identity, sexual orientation, and religious identity; he is especially interested in research that examines how those identities overlap and interact with each other. ze is also interested in how perceived gender, race, age, and intelligence/ability relates to missed diagnosis and/or misdiagnosis of autistic individuals. his aspirations are to become a rabbi and a gestational parent.
Sarah Tillman (she/her) is an autistic graduate student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware. She has a BA in mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (‘17) with minors in computer science and German; she expects to graduate with an MS in applied mathematics in the spring of 2020 and hopes to pursue a PhD in applied mathematics starting in the fall.
Sarah’s special interests include mathematics, guinea pigs, German language and culture, and a rotating list of hobbies such as knitting and playing the clarinet. She also has strong opinions on the Oxford comma. She is most interested in research concerning the support services autistic people may need or receive and their impact on autistic people’s lives.
We are currently accepting members for the research advisory board. In order to participate, you must be connected to the UD community as a student or employee and identify as being on the autism spectrum.
In the Autism in Context research lab, students learn about the research process: how to observe, ask questions, and come up with a plan to answer those questions. Research assistants are part of every step of the research process and learn about autism, social science, and equity every step of the way.
Wynter Bartley (she/her, he/him, they/them) is a Freshman in the University of Delaware class of 2023. She is a Psychology and Criminal Justice double major who plans to go into Forensic Psychology for Graduate school. They are a genderfluid, bisexual, pagan from Wilmington, Delaware. Wynter is hoping to eventually work in juvenile detention centers to help rehabilitate and help the children in those centers before they potentially get sent back into society.
He has multiple family members that are on the autism spectrum and hope this opportunity will help him learn about the difficulties they may face in their daily lives. She is a part of the UD Fightin’ Blue Hens Marching Band in the color guard and an active member in the Lavender Programming Board, one of the University’s LGBT+ organizations.
Stuti Gupta comes from Delhi, India. She graduated with a Bachelor in Special Education from the University of Delhi. She is a carefree and innovative spirit who aspires to make society a better place people with developmental disabilities. She has worked with children with developmental disabilities for the past two years before joining the University of Delaware to pursue a master’s in Leadership in Disability Services. After her master’s is completed, she wants to start a Non-Profit organization focused on vocational training for children/adults with developmental disabilities.
The diversity and potential of this field continues to enthuse and inspire her. Stuti aspires to fill the gap in social services for children and adults with autism which brings her to this group where she hopes to find answers, methods, and techniques.
Kaitlyn Myers is a freshman at the University of Delaware planning to graduate in the spring of 2023. In her high-school career, Kaitlyn partook in a leadership program, mentorship in a life skills classroom, and was an involved member of her community. She was also the valedictorian of her graduating class.
At the University of Delaware, she is in the honors program and has a major in psychology and minors in disability studies and neuroscience. In addition, Kaitlyn is an Access: Abilities Scholar, allowing her to explore disability in her field of interest through her college career. Kaitlyn hopes to continue to do research with individuals with disabilities in her future endeavors.
Melissa Stoffers (she/her) is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Sciences department at the University of Delaware. She has a Master of Science degree in Collaborative Teaching, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Collaborative Education and American Studies from Rowan University. As a certified educator, Melissa previously worked as a special education teacher for students in grades K-8 in New Jersey. Melissa is interested in pursuing research to support the educational and socioemotional development of individuals with disabilities.