Led by John C. Burke, Ph.D., BCBA-D, the Felician University International Center for Autism and disabilities Research in Education (I-CAdRE) is dedicated to helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from infancy through young adulthood by promoting meaningful, socially significant gains that will increase participation within their families, schools, and communities.
Our vision is to be a leading organization for the advancement of knowledge through conducting innovative neurobehavioral research, offering inter-professional training opportunities, providing innovative and comprehensive research based assessment and intervention services and forming local and international community partnerships.I-CAdRE Program Areas
Background and Need
Current research shows autism Spectrum Disorders as the fastest-growing, serious developmental disability in the United States. As authorized by the Children’s Health Act of 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds systematic data collection across multiple sites that make up the autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. As described in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from March 28, 2018, in 2014 the overall estimated prevalence of ASDs among the 11 ADDM sites was 16.8 per 1,000 (1 in 59) children. Included within the same report were data collected within New Jersey. The overall estimated ASD prevalence in New Jersey was 29.4 per 1,000 (1 in 34).
The increased prevalence of autism poses challenges to schools and other community organizations that strive to assist them and their families. Given the pervasive needs often associated with educating a child with autism, the dramatic increase of individuals receiving the diagnosis has led to an urgent need for highly skilled and competent professionals across multiple fields including education, speech language therapy, psychology, social work and occupational therapy. The professional area that is most challenged pertains to the delivery of Applied Behavior Analysis and behavioral support services. Our Center is led by Dr. John Burke with over 30 years of experience in directing applied research, providing training and support for families, and building local, national, and international collaborative programs.