Autism Research and Advocacy Organizations
Disabilities: Guide to Autism from the Arizona Office for Americans with Disabilities Link to
Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents, educators, and other professionals dedicated to providing world-class Education, Advocacy, and Support for the Northern California Autism Community
The Autism Research Foundation is a group of bright and curious researchers investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of autism and related disorders. Realizing that research cannot occur in a void, this site is dedicated to presenting all the information that comes in or out of this organization, hoping to reach out to those who would like to learn more, in many capacities, about these brain disorders.
The Autism Research Institute is primarily devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood
The Autism Society of America is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. There is an extensive list of links to other autism organizations at this site.
The Center for the Study of Autism provides information about autism to parents and professionals, and conducts research on the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions.
The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights.
The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).
Government and University Autism Research
For many reasons, children are likely to be more vulnerable than adults to the effects of environmental contaminants. To better understand the effects of these exposures on children's health, the Centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research ("Children's Centers") were established to explore ways to reduce children's health risks from environmental factors. These programs are jointly funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The NICHD was initially established to investigate the broad aspects of human development as a means of understanding developmental disabilities, including mental retardation, and the events that occur during pregnancy. Today, the Institute conducts and supports research on all stages of human development, from preconception to adulthood, to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities.
The University of California, Davis, Health System has established the M.I.N.D. Institute, an interdisciplinary institute to conduct research and provide clinical programs focused on neurodevelopmental disorders. Leading scientists, physicians and educators in fields as diverse as molecular genetics and clinical pediatrics are joining forces to better understand development and brain function.
National Institute of Mental Health website on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
AGRE is a DNA repository and family registry, housing a database of genotypes and phenotypic information available to the entire scientific community. The goal of AGRE is to facilitate more rapid progress in identification of the genetic causes of autism and autism spectrum disorders by promoting sharing and collaboration. This collection of a large set of multiplex families is a first step in that direction.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.