Meg Thornton is an Education and Training Specialist at the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) in Gainesville. After reluctantly joining the world of education, she quickly found that supporting students with unique needs was her favorite place to be. After completing her role as a teacher, coach, and mentor in the public-school system she joined the team at UF CARD and is happy to have the opportunity to continue to work with individuals on the spectrum, their families, and her community. Meg is currently completing her doctorate in criminology and justice studies, focusing on the victimization of school-aged youth with ASD in the rural South. Her interests include inclusive teaching through best practices, ASD and the juvenile criminal justice system, the rights of minors with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, and support and training for individuals in rural communities.
#FB2-4 Easy Targets: Victimization of Youth with ASD in the Rural South and Preventing Risk Factors for Abuse The rate of victimization for students with disabilities is significantly higher than their typically functioning peers. Deficits in communication and social skills increase the risk for repeated victimization for youth with ASD. Individuals living in rural areas […]