CAST members share their personal experiences on the autistic spectrum

As a part of the Autism Week by the Coalition for Autism Support at Tufts (CAST), juniors Aaron Herman, Emma DiFrancesco and Justin Robbins shared their personal experiences of being on the autism spectrum in an event titled “Autism 101(23).” This was held in collaboration with Theta Delta Chi (123) on Thursday, March 31. Around 50 people attended the event in the Crane Room, which […]

At CAST panel, students share experiences on the autism spectrum

On April 11, senior Rachel Bennett and sophomores Justin Robbins and Aaron Herman spoke about having autism at Tufts in a panel hosted by the Coalition for Autism Support (CAST). The panel, entitled “But You Seem So Normal’: A Panel about Autism at Tufts,” was moderated by CAST member Sarah Gottlieb, who identified herself as “neurotypical,” or someone […]

With animal models, Tufts neuroscientists break new ground in autism spectrum disorders research

Through the use of animal models, neuroscientists at the Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences are breaching new territory in the field of research on autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which could lead to improvements in both medical and therapeutic intervention methods. Their recent research, which has received most of its funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has shed light on […]

CASTing a net of support for students with autism

This is the second part of a series about students on the autism spectrum at Tufts. To read the first part, click here. For Aaron Herman, Rachel Bennett and Justin Robbins, three Tufts students with autism spectrum disorders who are members of the Coalition for Autism Support at Tufts (CAST), the main challenges at Tufts have proven to […]

‘We’re not broken’: at Tufts, on the autism spectrum

This is the first article in a two-part series on students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at Tufts.  Six students sit around a table in the Mayer Campus Center on a Friday evening, fiercely debating. The topics at hand include a 2008 Pentagon report claiming that Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome and the resistance to vaccination […]