Ariana Riccio

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Ariana Riccio conducts research as part of IDEAS2: Inventing, Designing, and Engineering for All Students, an NSF-funded project that builds upon EDCs previous work as part of IDEAS. The goal of this research is to make engineering design Maker programming available and sustainable in a wide range of autism inclusion schools in New York City and to build knowledge about how Making can benefit autism inclusion efforts in general. This work is conducted in partnership with New York Univerisity's ASD Nest Support Project and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).

Ariana is currently completing her PhD in developmental psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), with a focus on autism and autistic identity development in autistic adolescents and young adults.

Since 2016, Ariana has also served as the program evauator at the not-for-profit Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU), an informal technology education program that serves children, teens, and young adults with various learning and developmental disabiities. She has led both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis at TKU, with the goal of iteratively adapting educational programs based on evaluation and incorporating priciples of Universal Design into the curriculum model.

Ariana holds an MA in psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BS in biology and community health from Tufts University.