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Rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis in children are rapidly increasing to epidemic proportions, and are expected to continue to rise. Families and communities struggle to understand, and to cope with this challenge. While causes of ASD remain unclear, recent scientific advances challenge the traditional view of autism as an untreatable disease—as one that is “genetically hard-wired.” These developments support the position that Autism Research Institute (ARI) has always maintained: Autism Is Treatable. Established in 1967 by psychologist and renowned father of modern autism research Dr. Bernard Rimland, ARI continues to pioneer in research, outreach, and cooperative efforts with other organizations worldwide. ARI advocates for the rights of people with ASD, and operates without funding from special-interest groups.

ARI is a Support Network

  • Online and in-person educational events for parents and caretakers and continuing education credit for physicians, teachers, dietitians, and occupational therapists. For conference information, visit www.ARIConference.com.
  • Monthly e-newsletter with the latest updates, and online discussion forums for parents of children with ASD.
  • English- and Spanish-language support lines: (866) 366-3361, (877) 644-1184 ext. 5 (Spanish).
  • www.autism.com offers translations for key publications in 15 languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Armenian, Hindi, Turkish and Arabic.
  • Autism mobile phone app with an introductory information packet for parents of newly diagnosed children.

ARI Offers Much-Needed Resources for Adults with ASD

  • Support of the Autistic Global Initiative focus on adult issues and services. The program is managed by adults with ASD.
  • Roundtable discussions on topics such as health, housing and employment. Videos are available on www.autism.com.
  • Quarterly e-newsletter on topics related to adults with ASD.

ARI Supports Autism Research

  • Gave more than $1.5 million in research grants over the past three years.
  • Runs annual think tank to discuss issues related to promising treatments and intervention. ARI also funds and sponsors major consensus meetings [among autism researchers]
  • Funded a tissue bank for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the University of Maryland (410-706-1755), the Digestive Function Laboratory Repository at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a specimen bank for non-autistic individuals to provide proper comparison controls for researchers.
  • Publishes a quarterly science newsletter, Autism Research Review International, to provide updates on the latest biomedical and educational research worldwide.
  • Collaborates with non-profit and research organizations worldwide.

ARI is dedicated to developing a standard of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We rely on the generosity of donors to help us advance autism research and provide needed information and support for families and individuals with autism spectrum disorders. We need and appreciate your support. The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on conducting and sponsoring research aimed at improving the quality of life for today’s generation of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Donations are tax-deductible. Fed ID No. 95-2548452;

ARI’s Accomplishments in 2013
ARI’s Accomplishments in 2012
Science the ARI Way
Meet Our Executive Director
ARI Initiatives
FAQs About ARI
Tributes to our Founder
Following Dr. Rimland’s Vision
ARI: Moving Forward
ARI: Always Growing, Always Changing