The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) was established in 2009 in UBC’s Faculty of Education. The CIRCA draws faculty, students, provincial service providers, policy makers, and both basic and applied researchers from BC post-secondary institutions together, to address issues of common concern that are relevant to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families.The CIRCA seeks to drive innovation through the nurturance of transdisciplinary, collaborative work, in order to contribute to the development of knowledge advances across multiple fields of inquiry. The CIRCA also endeavours to act as an “incubator” for the development of collaborative inquiry and initiatives.
The mission of the CIRCA is to support research and professional capacity-building efforts that will improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and the communities in which they live. CIRCA has engaged with the community-at-large over the past few years, through colloquia, research projects, and other ventures.
CIRCA affiliates include academics, researchers, policy makers, and members of community and provincial resource organizations who wish to contribute to interdisciplinary, collaborative work in the area of autism spectrum disorders. Affiliates collaborate with one another in research projects and grant applications; conduct basic or applied research related to autism; participate in CIRCA-sponsored workshops, seminars, conferences, lectures, courses, etc.; and/or participate in capacity-building efforts in BC.
The CIRCA promotes and encourages ongoing, continuous interactions between researchers, practitioners, families, individuals with ASD, and other stakeholders to both inform research efforts across life domains (home, school, community) and to encourage the use of evidence-based treatments.
Knowledge translation and dissemination is a critical component of any scholarly endeavour, in order for research results to be applied and utilized to improve peoples’ lives. The CIRCA facilitates research dissemination through a variety of activities that include:
- annual or biennial BC autism research conferences that are co-sponsored with CIRCA community partners;
- collaboration with existing autism training networks to co-sponsor workshops for professionals and families;
- development of online plain language webcasts to share research results; and
- sponsorship of local post-secondary symposia, colloquia, etc.
Please visit the media section of our CIRCA website.
Visit the CIRCA research pages for links to research centres and student research.