ARI’s Accomplishments in 2017
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Advancing an ambitious research agenda while providing the latest science-based information for people of all ages on the spectrum is our focus at the ARI. In 2017 we did so through our annual think tank, in-person and online educational events and courses, and free webinars, and by funding the studies that hold the most promise for making a difference in the lives of people with autism. While the causes of ASD remain unclear, recent scientific advances challenge the traditional view of autism as an untreatable disease—as one that is genetically hardwired. These developments support the position that ARI has always maintained: autism is treatable. ARI continues to pioneer research, outreach, and cooperative efforts with other organizations worldwide.


RESEARCH

  • ARI awarded more than $200,000 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.
  • We continue to publish our quarterly science  newsletter, Autism Research Review International  (ARRI), summarizing current medical, sensory, and  educational research.
  • We sponsored a major think tank, attended by researchers  and medical clinicians. In order to make progress in the  field, ARI knows it is critical for scientists and experienced  clinicians to meet and discuss issues related to treatment.
  • ARI helps fund two tissue banks, including a whole-body  tissue bank for the National Institute of Child Health and  Human Development at the University of Maryland and  a gastrointestinal tissue bank at the Digestive Function  Laboratory Repository at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
  • We support an active dialogue among researchers and  clinicians in a private internet discussion group limited to  those with advanced science degrees and extensive autism  experience.
  • We co-sponsored the first think tank in North America  on aging in autism. Numerous topics were discussed  including medical co-morbidities, sensory and cognitive  abilities, and the need for longitudinal studies.

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

  • ARI offers, in joint providership with the Cleveland  Clinic, complimentary AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™  to physicians and the general public. This year we premiered  talks on anxiety and immunology. Connecting physicians  to improved standards of care is crucial to amplifying  understanding of the medical nature of the disorder.

ONLINE LEARNING

  • Our 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 300,000 viewings at  bit.ly/autism_education.
  • ARI hosts live webinars featuring top researchers and   treatment professionals in partnership with The Johnson  Center for Child Health and Development. The topics include  research updates, diet, nutrition, ABA, assessment, educational  therapies, adult issues, and much more. Participants can receive  a free Certificate of Attendance for most webinars. Visit our  webinar portal at www.ariconference.com.

OUTREACH IN THE U.S. 

  • ARI offers a hotline for parents and professionals,  who can reach a live person for information and support.
  • ARI publishes a bimonthly e-newsletter, Clinical  Research in Autism, for obstetricians, pediatricians,  and nurses who want to keep up to date with research  relevant to their practice.
  • ARI moderates several Internet discussion groups  for parents.

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

  • ARI is an NGO (non-governmental organization) of  the United Nations.
  • For the fifth straight year, we co-sponsored a major  international conference in Moscow. • ARI continues to translate many of our key articles, as  well as our Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC),  into different languages—the ATEC is now available in  20 languages online. On average, more than 150 users per  day complete ARI’s ATEC.
 
Special thanks to Teamsters Local 25 in Boston, Massachusetts and For Autistic Kids Foundation for their support in 2017.

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