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Monthly News | April 2021


Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and, after a challenging year, I'm issuing a call to action for establishing a multi-disciplinary standard of care for appropriately supporting the medical needs of individuals with autism. We are hopeful for brighter days ahead as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be addressed and remain committed to supporting the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative research and impactful education.

For more than 54 years, the Autism Research Institute
(ARI) has been committed to supporting the autism community. This is an urgent matter. I hope you will help ARI amplify this message by sharing this video and forwarding us your stories about how research can make a difference in providing appropriate support and care.
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Watch and share now: ARI's Executive Director Dr. Stephen M. Edelson, provides a call to action for supporting the medical needs of people diagnosed with autism.
ARI News for Awareness Month 2021
World Autism Awareness Day 2021
Each April, ARI recognizes awareness month, beginning on April 2nd with World Autism Awareness Day. This year we are sharing resources and stories to increase knowledge and understanding. After a year that was challenging for many, we hope these resources and stories will help and inspire us as we move forward.
Editorial: Challenging Behaviors in Adults with Autism
Challenging behaviors such as aggression, destructiveness, and self-injury take a tremendous toll on adults with autism and their caregivers.

A new editorial, written by ARI's Executive Director Stephen M. Edelson, PhD and ARI's board chair, Marvin Natowicz, M.D., PhD, appears in the most recent edition of ARI's ARRI journal. We have made this article available to read online for free.
Autism 2021 - Help Us Tell Our Community's Story: Share Now
Our photos and stories forge connections and generate understanding, particularly this year, when so many of us have been isolated due to the pandemic. We want to hear about how the autism community, including ARI, has been part of your personal journey, family experiences, or professional work with autism.

Weekly drawings for a $25 Amazon gift card are set to occur April 4-30, 2021. One entrant will receive a $100 Amazon gift card in our final drawing on May 1. Rules and Conditions
This April: Awareness Month Weekly ASD Focus Series
ARI's mission has generated a lot of information over the years. Each week in April, we're sharing links to resources on our website at

  • April 1: Diagnosis and Intervention
  • April 4: Nutrition
  • April 11: Advances in Research
  • April 18: Behavioral Support
  • April 25: Moving Forward in 2021 and beyond
ARI's ATEC survey now available in Slovenian
Thanks to Aleks Žišt, the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) is now available in a 24th language, Slovenian. We appreciate all of the volunteer translators who have made the ATEC be so accessible.
Research Updates
Two studies point to “mosaic” mutations as a significant factor in autism
Mosaic mutations may play a significant 
role in autism, according to two recent studies. Mosaic mutations are not inherited, but rather are caused by a change introduced when a stem cell divides. The mutation is passed only to the cells that descend from it. The earlier a mutation occurs in development, the more cells will carry it.
Participate in Research - Visit
Participate in research - many investigators are seeking participants to add valuable data to our understanding of autism.
Stay Up-To-Date about the latest autism research: Subscribe to ARRI
ARI’s award-winning Autism Research Review International (ARRI) quarterly journal helps you stay up-to-date with the latest research on autism spectrum disorder. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting the current developments in biomedical and educational research.
A one-year subscription to the ARRI is $19.99 (U.S. funds; $23.99 outside the U.S. – includes shipping). Each issue is sent via first class mail. Keep up with the latest research updates – subscribe now.
ARI Webinar 4/21:
Coping with Transitions During the Pandemic
Learn coping and goal-setting strategies for navigating transitions between schools, jobs, and high school to adulthood during the challenges of Covid-19.

Presented by Amanda Tami, MA, LPC, BCBA, The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development
ARI Webinar 5/5:
Neurodiversity in Education and Employment
Learn strategies developed at the Stanford Neurodiversity Project for raising awareness of neurodiversity through education, service, research, and advocacy.

Presented by Dr. Lawrence Fung, Stanford Neurodiversity Project
COVID-19 resources and coping stories
Tune in April 21 to learn about coping and goal setting strategies for navigating transitions between schools, jobs, and high school to adulthood during the ongoing challenges of Covid-19. Register now
Navigating the second year of Covid-19: ARI's live webinars, social stories

ARI's 2020 Impact Report is online now
Thanks to You,
research is moving forward
Earlier this year, we took time to pause and examine the impact ARI is working to provide the autism community. This gave us a chance to take stock of last year's initiatives and share our progress. Our 2020 Impact Report illustrates what we are doing to bring our mission to life. We are grateful for the chance to share the results of last year's work which was possible through the partnership of our donors, funders, families,
and volunteers.
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