Madeleine Harsanyi was an Australian Catholic University occupational therapy student who undertook an Honours project with 3DN in 2018. Her project examined employment and unemployment for autistic adults, using data collected through the Australian Longitudinal Study of Adults with Autism (ALSAA) study. She was particularly interested in the concepts of underemployment and underutilisation, and their relationship with one’s activities and environment.
"Throughout my time at 3DN I am gaining so much knowledge and experience about the process of conducting research and am acquiring skills in using the statistics program STATA. Whilst the process was difficult initially, through the support of the team members at 3DN, I am quickly gaining the skills necessary for completing a research project using both quantitative and qualitative data. Most importantly I am learning a lot about the lives of autistic adults and people with intellectual disability and hope to implement this knowledge into my future career as an occupational therapist. The team at 3DN have provided me with ongoing support, opportunities to present my work, confidence in working independently, and have even included me in a couple of yoga sessions! Thank you to the team at 3DN for taking me in and assisting me in completing what will hopefully be a fantastic Honours project."