Vision – Improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders now
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encompasses a range of complex developmental disorders characterized by mild to severe challenges to social, emotional, and communication abilities. Recent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that the prevalence of ASD may be as high as 1 in 54. According to the report (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 69 (2020) 1-12) an estimated 1 in 33 boys and 1 in 145 girls are affected and, thus, are identified as living with ASD. The associated national cost of ASD is estimated to be $35-$90 billion dollars. The causes of ASD are unknown, however progress is being made on several fronts and the answers related to autism will likely be the same as the disorder itself- multifaceted. The Autism Research Program focuses on improving the lives of those living with ASD by funding innovative, and highly impactful research. Through the program's areas of interest, the Autism Research Program focuses on ways to improve diagnosis, treatment, and studying psychosocial factors for affecting key life time transitions to independence and a better life for those with autism and their families.