A Unique Partnership to Study the Effects of Scuba Diving on People with Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Mike Ellis
Many partnerships between people from different organizations work as or more seamlessly than intra-organizational relationships.
In October, we reviewed the medical research of Dr. Milan Mrksich, a Hinsdale resident and professor at Northwestern University, and observed how naturally his group’s work aligns with and furthers the objectives of pharmaceutical companies in developing drugs.
Downer’s Grove-based non-profit organization Diveheart, which extends deep-sea scuba-diving opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the Chicagoland area, has established a similar partnership with Mark Kovic, associate professor in the college of health sciences at Midwestern University.
Like Mrkisch, Kovic’s work centers on research, and in his specialty area of occupational therapy, Diveheart has furnished ample materials for test subjects.
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