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Monthly News | April 2022


This weekend, advocates worldwide are observing World Autism Awareness Day, aimed at increasing knowledge about autism and encouraging early screening, diagnosis, and intervention. We welcome this annual opportunity to bring autism to the forefront. This year, it is particularly poignant as we resume meeting in person for ARI’s annual Scientific Think Tank. 
Despite the challenges of the past couple of years, taking action through research and education to establish a multi-disciplinary standard of care for appropriately supporting the medical needs of individuals with autism remains the core of our mission at ARI. We continue to urge ambitious research objectives and look forward to learning about emerging scientific discoveries and disseminating what we find in days to come.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
ARI News and Research Updates
It's World Autism Awareness Day!
For all the ways you support your loved ones on World Autism Awareness Day and every other day of the year, all of us at ARI wish you and yours the best.
At ARI, our mission is to support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research and education.

We believe that research and education that makes a difference is truly meaningful.
Autism Science Month - Weekly Series
ARI's mission, to support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through research and education, has generated a lot of information over the years. Over the next few weeks, we are highlighting recent research and education initiatives we've funded over the past year, including advances in research and popular webinars we've hosted with links to resources on our website at
ARI Think Tank Returns in Person This Weekend
Since 1995, the Autism Research Institute has worked to connect scientists and clinicians investigating the causes of and potential treatments for autism at our annual think tanks. Attendees spend several days discussing the latest critical questions in treatments and research. The meeting is a cornerstone of our work, facilitated by ARI's Scientific Advisory Board and made possible through generous donor support. After two years of virtual events, we're grateful for the opportunity to reconvene in person this year.
What Causes Autism? Study of 100,000 Kids Reveals New Clues
ARI Scientific Advisory Board member Mady Hornig, MA, MD from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was recently interviewed by Columbia Magazine about new research looking for non-genetic risk factors for developing autism in the records of more than 100,000 individuals with autism.
From ARRI: Maternal Sleep Apnea May Cause Autism-like Changes in Males
A new animal study suggests that maternal sleep apnea during pregnancy may increase the risk of male children developing brain and behavioral changes associated with autism.
From ARRI: Autistic Traits Common in Teens, Young Adults with a Substance Use Disorder
Many teens and young adults who seek treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) exhibit previously unidentified traits characteristic of autism, according to a new study.
Subscribe to ARRI: Stay Up-to-date on the Latest Research
ARI’s award-winning Autism Research Review International (ARRI) quarterly journal helps you stay updated about the latest ASD research. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting current 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.
Participate in research
Take part in a new Intervention Study to help manage parents learn skills to help address their child’s fear and anxiety.
This study requires English fluency.
Many investigators seek participants to add valuable data to our understanding of autism.

Research topics range from sibling differences to school experiences, trauma, adult issues, and more.
Available Now on
Webinar On Demand: Maximizing Neurodiversity - Education & Jobs
Scientist and psychiatrist Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, discusses what neurodiversity is and how increased awareness and support benefits not only neurodiverse individuals but the global population as a whole. He outlines the Strengths-Based Model of Neurodiversity and presents the newly implemented Stanford initiatives for neurodiverse student and employment support.
Upcoming Free Webinars
ARI Webinar 4/20:
Transition to Adulthood - Providing Support
Learn evidence-based strategies for supporting adults with autism as they transition to adulthood and independence.
Presented by Amy Moore Gaffney, M.A., CCC-SLP
Indiana Resource Center for Autism
1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 4/20/22
ARI Webinar 7/27:
Gender Differences in Functional Brain Organization
Tune in to hear recent findings about how girls with autism differ in several brain centers compared with boys with autism.
Presented by
Kaustubh Supekar, PhD
Stanford Medicine
|1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 7/27/22
Free certificates of participation are available upon successful completion of a brief knowledge quiz after each webinar.  
ARI's 2021 Impact Report is Online Now
Correction: Data from the previous year appeared in part of the “Online Presence” section of a printed version of the 2021 Impact Report; the correct, 2021 totals appear in this online version. We apologize for any confusion.
Thanks to You,
research is moving forward
Earlier this year, we took time to pause and examine ARI's impact on the autism community. This gave us a chance to take stock of last year's initiatives and share our progress. Our 2021 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 partnership with our donors, funders, families, and volunteers.
Thanks to You, Research Is Moving Forward
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