DDMH Lab Vision and Mission

Lab Vision

People with autism and intellectual disability and their families thrive, experiencing wellness and healthy development across the life course. The multiple contexts in which people grow are able to support them to develop competence, confidence, and connectedness, so that they can contribute in positive ways to themselves, their families and society.

Lab Mission

  • To address mental health problems.
  • To add to academia and maintain excellence in scholarship.
  • To conduct applied research that improves the lives of people with autism and intellectual disability and their families, focused on mental health and wellness as long-term outcomes.
  • To engage with autistic, autism and intellectual disability communities to enable research that is meaningful and which the end result is improved psychological and social outcomes. This includes working with multiple ecologies: the home, school, workplace, community, and hospital.
  • To empower the autistic, autism and intellectual disability community, clinical and research domains to be partners in research.
  • To train the next generation of professionals who work in community, clinical and research domains about mental health and wellness with the lens of autism and intellectual disability.
  • To conduct innovative knowledge mobilization that results in improved awareness, knowledge, and skill, bringing together knowledge users with knowledge generators.
  • To inform decision makers to develop evidence-informed policies related to autism and intellectual disability, which results in improved mental health and wellness.