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In Memoriam

June 23, 2009

All of us at Autism Speaks are profoundly saddened at the passing Edward Carr, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on autism and a Stony Brook University professor of psychology, and his wife Ilene Wasserman, Ph.D., who were killed after an intoxicated driver veered into opposing traffic and struck their car on June 20, 2009.

“We mourn the tragic loss of Dr. Ted Carr and his wife and colleague, Dr. Ilene Wasserman,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. “Dr. Carr was a pioneer and a strong advocate for the need to focus on quality of life issues associated with autism. The autism community must work together to carry the torch for this important area of research and service delivery in honor of Dr. Carr's work.”

Dr. Carr was one of the co-founders of Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS), an approach for dealing with serious behavior challenges and quality of life issues now mandated by the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). His research focused on expanding FBA and PBS by demonstrating their utility in helping families and teachers to create environmental contexts that support prosocial and adaptive behavior in people with developmental disabilities, particularly autism, so that they and their loved ones can function in integrated community settings and experience greater life satisfaction.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Carr and Wasserman families.

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