Half a world away, VCU’s Tony Gentry shares his wisdom on technology and autism

The College of Health Professions expert recently completed a long-delayed Fulbright fellowship in Malaysia.

Tony Gentry, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the VCU College of Health Professions, with Nursuriati Jamil, a computer science professor who hosted him during his Fulbright, and the teachers at the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) treatment clinic, in Clang, Malaysia. (Contributed photo)

A few years ago, Tony Gentry’s expertise in assistive technology for autism caught the eye of computer science professor Nursuriati Jamil of the Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia nearly 10,000 miles away.

Jamil wanted to improve and expand services for the autism community in her country and hoped Gentry’s knowledge could prompt clinicians, researchers and computer scientists in Malaysia to investigate, develop and utilize therapeutic tools similar to those researched by Gentry. In 2020, she offered him a two-week Fulbright Scholars fellowship in Malaysia, which he accepted.

Read more about the Fulbright Scholars fellowship to expand services for the autism community using assistive technologies on VCU News.

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