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SPARC (Supporting Physical Activity and Recreation in the Community) aims to meet a community-identified need for more physical activity programming for youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). SPARC’s collaborative approach addresses the unique social, cognitive, behavioral, and physical needs of this growing population of children by infusing diverse perspectives into its model. This project incorporated a CBPR conceptual and methodological model, a strong community partnership, and an evidenced-based instructional approach, to develop and evaluate a community-based walking program for adolescents with ASD.


A partnership between the University of Massachusetts Boston, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UMass Medical School, and YouthCare, Inc..

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.