Improving the lifelong social participation of people with autism: that is the objective of Joint Effort! How do we achieve this? Through the collection, compilation, renewal and dissemination of knowledge in the field of treatment and support of people with autism. Joint Effort! is one of the two academic workshops for people with autism in the Netherlands, and aims to improve the participation in society of people with autism. Participating in society can be challenging for people with autism. The challenge for people with autism and their social environment can be especially large at times of major changes in life. For example, when starting a new school, dating, finding work, when living alone for the first time, or when seeking assistance from a new care agency.
The organizations that participate in Joint Effort! work together to ensure together further development and distribution of products in the field of support for people with autism during times of major life changes. Practical experience, scientific research, education, and policy come closer together in the academic workplace by sharing, compiling, and disseminating knowledge .
About Joint Effort!
In Joint Effort! practical experience, scientific research, education, client perspective, and policy come closer together by sharing, compiling and disseminating knowledge . A diversity of professionals and experienced specialists participate in this workshop. Joint Effort! tailors its programme together with the Academic Workshop Autism Reach Aut. ZonMw has awarded a grant for both workshops .
Knowledge of autism among professionals is fragmented. There is also insufficient coordination between sectors. This can negatively impact the diagnosis and guidance of people with autism. Particularly during transitions between life stages and / or environments (such as from home to school, or from school to work), people with autism often experience problems caused by suboptimal access to - and facilitation of - diverse professionals.
Our partnership integrates and promotes knowledge of professionals with a durable bond between sectors. The combined knowledge is made available nationwide through an ICT platform with an integrated training and exchange programme. Through collaboration between practice, research, education, policy, and clients we are aiming to optimize social participation of people with autism.
In a society where social participation is becoming increasingly important, increased participation by people with permanent disabilities like autism is a great thing. Social participation of people with autism should be optimized by providing action-oriented diagnosis and the appropriate evidence-based guidance during major transitions in life. This guidance is comes from various sectors and ensures that the person with autism is prepared for, and supported during, these life course transitions and is thus better enabled to participate in society.
For more information, please contact the executive committee of Joint Effort!.
Committee Joint Effort!
Joint Effort! is a partnership between several organizations. The daily management is provided by four professionals from Yulius and the Erasmus MC.
Ellen Hoogervorst (Chairman)
Responsibilities: overall project responsibility; final financial responsibility, coaching programme leader and coordinator
Kirstin Greaves-Lord (Programme Leader)
Responsibilities: Responsible for the quality and coordination of the working groups themselves, and their relationship with the outside world; substantive alignment of the workgroups; sparring partner for content
Barbara Brouwer (Coordinator)
Responsibilities: Responsible for the daily organization of the workshop; monitoring and progress reporting; budget control; organization of congresses; support in developing the finished product of the workgroups; access to client platform and advisory group
Laura Mukrab (Communications adviser)
Responsibilities: Support of internal and external communications; webmastering and editorial website development; development and editing of newsletters; corporate design; support in the development of final products by the working groups