Connecting investigators, professionals, parents, and autistic people worldwide is essential for effective advocacy. Throughout 2023, we continued our work offering focus on education while funding and support research on genetics, neurology, co-occurring medical conditions, nutrition, sensory processing, severe and challenging behaviors, and adult and senior issues. We work to push the boundaries of autism understanding, provide practitioners with current research, create accessible resources for everyone, and advocate for the best possible care for autistic individuals and their loved ones.

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National Autism History Museum

  • In January of 2023, the Autism Research Institute’s National Autism History Museum officially opened its doors. The museum offers an engaging and comprehensive look at the prolific history of autism research and discovery. Its interactive exhibits highlight prominent autistic figures and underscore critical moments in the evolution of autism research. Leading researchers from many areas are collaborating with ARI to curate a collection of historical artifacts. The museum promises to be a valuable resource in increasing autism acceptance and understanding.

Research

  • ARI awarded more than $400,000 in grants to scientists whose work will have a direct impact on the lives of those on the autism spectrum. The funds supported research in immune, gastrointestinal, metabolic, neurologic, and sensory issues. View ARI’s 2023 Research Grant Recipients

  • Robert L. Hendren Research Grant Award
    Inaugural Recipients – 2023
    Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD
    Ed Levin, PhD

    In honor of his many years of support for our work, serving as a member of ARI’s Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors, the top-scoring research grant proposals funded each year are now recognized as Robert L. Hendren Research Grant Award recipients.

  • ARI’s annual in-person Think Tanks occurred during Autism Awareness Month last April, convening researchers
    and clinicians to discuss emerging findings about autism.

  • ARI held its annual online scientific meeting in October 2023. This international conference featured live presentations and discussions to provide researchers with updates on metabolic issues, co-occurring gastrointestinal conditions, and genetics.

  • ARI continues to develop a global research network to keep researchers up to date with the latest news in the scientific community; this includes sharing articles on conducting research, informing them of various funding sources, and notifying them of the latest studies published in peer-reviewed journals

  • ARI co-sponosored “Autism and/or Intellectual Disability and Older Adults: A Think Tank Promoting Quality of Life and Health” convening autistic seniors, clinicians, researchers, and caregivers to build on previous work to advance priorities related to the quality of life and health of older adults with autism and intellectual disabilities.

Publications

Continuing Medical Information

  • ARI filmed a new series of continuing education talks during the fall of 2023 offering updates on co-occurring metabolic conditions frequently associated with autism.

    Connecting physicians to improved standards of care is crucial to amplifying understanding of the health needs of autistic people.

Online Learning

  • ARI continues to host live webinars multiple times each month featuring top researchers and treatment professionals. In 2023, thousands of viewers registered to watch live presentations on various topics, including research updates, nutrition, behavioral support, assessment, educational therapies, adult issues, and more. Some presentations are offered in joint providership with the World Autism Organization.

    ARI webinars, both live and recorded, offer real-time, captioned translation support in more than 20 languages.

  • ARI offers clinical webinars, aimed at guiding healthcare providers worldwide, are offered with live Q&A and simultaneous language interpretation.

  • ARI’s YouTube channel offers free access to experts with up-to-date webcasts on medical support and educational videos, social stories, and selected talks from past conferences. Users have tuned in for more than 1 million viewings.

Outreach in the U.S.

  • ARI offers a hotline for parents and professionals, who can reach a live person for information and support. Contact Us

International Outreach

  • ARI embraces a global autism community, networking with parent support groups worldwide. The network aims to improve communication among support groups and inform the international community of the current state of the science regarding the underlying biology of ASD and evidence-based treatments. To date, 230 groups have joined the network spanning 77 countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Moldova, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

  • ARI is an NGO (non-governmental organization) registered with the United Nations.

  • ARI continues to translate many key articles, as well as our Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), into different languages—the ATEC is now available in 25 languages online. On average, more than 150 users per day complete ARI’s ATEC.

ARI’s 2022 Accomplishments

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ARI’s Accomplishments in 2021

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ARI’s Accomplishments in 2020

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