Achieving the Best Quality of Life Possible: Preparing for the Future
Staci Carr, Ph.D., VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE)
Everyone wants the best possible quality of life. Having, or not having, a disability does not determine quality of life. This presentation examines the influences of degree of disability, social and communication ability, academic success, employment, and independence and autonomy on quality of life in young adults with autism and what we can do to make a difference in these outcomes.
Staci Carr received a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 1993, Staci has been working and conducting research in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically addressing Social Skills Training and Social Competence, Quality of Life, Transition to College, and Relationships and Sexuality, and first responder training and preparedness. She has worked in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia developing programs to support individuals in a variety of settings with varying abilities. Additionally, Dr. Carr has consulted nationally on issues related to adolescents and young adults with ASD.