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Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE)

Welcome to FACE: Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education where we are facing the autism epidemic together!


p>FACE is committed to promoting integrated perspectives, activities, and resources that serve to enhance the lives of individuals with ASD and their significant others to help optimize function and promote the highest possible quality of life.


In order to fulfill our mission, FACE has identified the following foundational principles that guide all endeavors:

  • ASD is a “treatable whole body disorder”
  • ASD is too complex for single-minded, narrow, or rigid approaches, as every individual on the spectrum is different
  • ASD is a “spectrum” diagnosis, requiring a “spectrum” of perspectives, resources, treatments, and services
  • Multiple and diverse perspectives are both valuable and needed to help individuals, families, and professionals maximize opportunities for purposeful intervention
  • Integrated perspectives and approaches can help address the tremendous fragmentation that exists in the field, which often impairs the ability to access the continuum of needed services and treatments and serves to compound ASD-related hardships
  • ASD creates a “ripple effect,” impacting significant others, families, entire communities, and society at large
  • Efforts on behalf of individuals with autism/ASD should focus on abilities, on what the person CAN do, not just deficit areas; a baseline of “functionality” serves as a healthy foundation on which to build
  • ASD is not only a pediatric disorder; attention must also be paid to older children and adults with ASD
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    Faculty Research Study

    Faculty from the Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Podiatric Medicine, and College of Optometry are collaborating on a study to explore gait, balance, and visual skills in children between 7 and 11 years of age. The purpose of the study will be to identify specific gait and balance characteristics and visual skills in children with Autism and/or sensory issues and those who are developing typically. We will compare the characteristics and skills to determine if there are differences among the groups of children. Parents will be interviewed regarding their child’s responses to specific types of sensory stimuli. You will receive a stipend for your time and travel. If you and your child would like to participate in this study please contact: LaToya Johnson call 909-730-3472 M-F from 12:00-6:00 pm or Email:

    El profesorado del Departamento de Educación de Fisioterapia, el Colegio de Podología, y el Colegio de Optometría están colaborando en un estudio para explorar el caminar, equilibrio, y habilidades visuales en niños de 7 a 11 años. El propósito de este estudio será de identificar ciertas características sobre la forma de caminar, equilibrio, y habilidades visuales en niños con Autismo, y/o cuestiones sensoriales, y niños de desarrollo normal. Compararemos las características y habilidades para determinar si hay diferencias entre los diferentes grupos de niños. Los padres serán entrevistados sobre las reacciones que su hijo/hija tienen con ciertas estimulaciones sensoriales. Usted recibirá compensación por su tiempo y viaje. Para más información comuníquese con: Andrea Lopez llame 714-392-9290 de lunes a jueves de 7:00-9:00 pm o envíe un correo electrónico a:

    Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD; Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT; Diane Koshimune, DPM, MS; Jacqueline Truong, DPM, MPH; Kim Walker, OD; Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD