Dr. Layton was invited to present at the Autism Speaks international workshop on his, Dr. Hao, and Dr. Zou’s Chinese autism diagnostic test: Clinical Autism Diagnostic Scale. There were more than 50 international professionals invited to the workshop to address the challenges and opportunities to enhance autism research and services worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
The workshop, titled Autism Diagnosis in Low Resource Settings: Challenges and Opportunities to Enhance Research and Services Worldwide, looked to form a group of professionals who can lead the effort for globally-available, culturally relevant, and inexpensive tools people can use to diagnose children at an early age. Sponsored by Autism Speaks, Johns Hopkins, International Society for Autism Research, and the World Health Organization, the workshop was held at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.
The Clinical Autism Diagnostic Scale is a new tool developed by Dr. Layton, Dr. Hao, and Dr. Zou to diagnose children with Autism at an early age. The China Women’s Development Foundation – whose Administrator, Dr. Guo Hailiang, was also in attendance at the workshop – is paying for the autism scale and distributing it free throughout China.
You can read more about the workshop at the Autism Speaks website:
Autism Diagnosis in Low Resource Settings.
Here are a few more links for further information:
Learn more about Autism Speaks.
Learn more about the Clinical Autism Diagnostic Scale.
Learn more about the China Women’s Development Foundation.