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.
This is the only autism charity that shares my values. I believe that the greatest hope for progress in treatment and understanding of autism is through supporting science. I also believe in following the advice of leading scientists, and the ASF is a great resource - the only one like it.
As a parent of a child with autism, I am grateful for Autism Science Foundation for providing sound, credible, research-supported information on everything from causation to treatment. Educated caregivers are better equipped to help their loved ones in effective ways. Thank you, ASF!
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.
I have worked with the Autism Science Foundation for several years and their genuine commitment to autism research is inspiring. The entire team at ASF has an unwavering dedication to funding the best science that will result in improvements in the lives of those affected by ASD.
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.