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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health

Mission: The Autism Science Foundation supports autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

Results: ASF has awarded over one million dollars in funding to scientists doing autism research since our founding in 2009. We also provide travel awards for autism stakeholders to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research each year. We launched an awareness campaign to encourage brain tissue donation so scientists can investigate the neural underpinnings of autism spectrum disorders. ASF advocated successfully for a new medical classification code for autistic wandering, which became possible after the ASF-funded wandering study published in the journal Pediatrics. ASF board members and staff are frequently sought after by major national media (CNN, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, etc) to comment on autism related issues.

Target demographics: The Autism Community

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2012, ASF funded $330,000 in autism research fellowship grants. Since our founding in 2009, we've awarded over one million dollars in grants.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: We provide funding directly to scientists doing cutting-edge autism research to discover the causes of autism and develop better treatments.We also provide information to the general public and support the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

L.B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Autism Science Foundation offered me an undergraduate summer research grant, with which I was able to conduct autism-related research this summer. This experience gave me the exciting opportunity to work one-on-one with a qualified researcher in the field, and it helped me develop a skill set suited for a future in neurodevelopmental research. It has been wonderful working with the Autism Science Foundation, and I would love to do it again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When our son was diagnosed with autism, we were desperate for sound, credible, research-supported answers.
Autism Science Foundation was the source of information we needed to make responsible treatment planning decisions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Autism Science Foundation is one of the most genuine organizations I know. Their ongoing commitment to their mission is inspiring to me.

jill.escher

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Autism Science Foundation on several projects and they are extremely knowledgeable, professional, absolutely 100% on top of autism research, and paving the way for new advances. They are also passionately committed to engaging with the broader autism community, for example, the Day of Learning and the wonderful ASF podcast. This nonprofit punches way above its weight, and is one of the most impressive organizations in autism today.

Jane116

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I work with the Chief Science Officer mostly and see the organization as a rare pure biomedical research global effort. The mission is still to support cutting edge autism research and provide educational media. Enhancements to the website really contribute to the latter goal. ASF fills an important niche as one of few (the only?) such organization for autism.

Rita41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Autism Science Foundation is committed to funding science which is what will help peoplewith autism in the long run. Every year they have funded more significant science. They also raise awareness and disseminate important information to the public.

Donor

Rating: 5

ASF does extraordinary work for the size of the organizations. They use a rigorous review process for grants, funding the most innovative researchers in the field of autism treatment. They run an unusually tight, streamlined ship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit funded my summer undergraduate research experience. With this fund, I was able to really get involved in the project and learn so much about the research process. I'm excited to continue doing research on autism!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have worked with and alongside Alycia Hallady from ASF for several years. Her professionalism reflects the highly impressive work of the ASF as a whole.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is so focused and so well run! The researchers they fund and he information they relay are extraordinary!