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Monthly News | April 2023

Hello Administrators,


World Autism Awareness Day is an opportunity for our community to bring important issues to the attention of the general public. Our board and staff are in Chicago this weekend for ARI's 28th Scientific Think Tank. This annual event connects scientists and clinicians investigating the causes of and potential treatments for autism.

New prevalence data released late last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 1 in 36 eight-year-olds in the U.S. has autism, a 20 percent increase over the 1 in 44 estimates the agency released previously based on 2018 data. These new numbers again underscore the pressing need to fund biological research on the causes of and potential treatments for autism. 


ARI's National Autism History Museum is opening this month in San Diego. It features artifacts from more than 60 years of autism research and advocacy. We are also hosting three webinars this month, including a joint presentation on PICA in partnership with The World Autism Organization.


Each week of April, watch for e-blasts from ARI with topical updates and reminders about free resources and events. Stay tuned!

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

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, we work 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.

—Introducing the National Autism History Museum—

Part I: Highlighting Bernard Rimland’s Vision and Contributions to the Autism Field

To mark nearly a century of written history of autism, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) has opened the National Autism History Museum—the first historical museum dedicated to autism. The four-room museum is located in the Kensington district in San Diego, California, adjacent to ARI’s main office.

Many of the materials and artifacts in the museum were collected by Dr. Bernard Rimland, one of the true pioneers in research and parent advocacy. In addition to these, the museum exhibits fascinating facts, as well as timelines of important milestones in the field.

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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, including advances in research and popular webinars we've hosted, with links to resources on our website at

ARI Think Tank is Taking Place 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 treatment and research. The meeting is a cornerstone of our work, facilitated by ARI's Scientific Advisory Board and made possible through generous donor support.

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2020 Surveillance Data Suggests 1 in 36 eight-year-olds Identified with Autism

The Centers for Disease Control shared data late last month on 8- and 4-year-olds indicating that more U.S. kids are being diagnosed with autism, and that the pandemic may have delayed care. Data published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported data from 11 communities around the U.S. and found that 1 in 36 eight-year-olds were identified as autistic — a 22% increase over previous estimates of 1 in 44. A separate report found that identification among 4-year-old children was disrupted during the pandemic closures in 2020, which may have implications for future prevalence data.  

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Research Updates

From ARRI: Microbiota therapy may lead to lasting beneficial changes in the gut health of children with autism

Microbiota transfer therapy (MTT) may lead to long-term improvements in the gut health of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a recent study by Khemlal Nirmalkar and colleagues at Arizona State University.

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From ARRI: Could treating moms’ periodontal disease lower odds of autism?

Periodontal treatment during pregnancy may reduce the odds that offspring will develop autism, according to a new study.

Researchers collected data on 306 two-year-old children whose mothers had participated in the Maternal Oral Therapy to Reduce Obstetric Risk Study (MOTOR). The mothers were assigned to either a periodontal treatment arm, consisting of scaling and root planing early in the second trimester, or a delayed treatment arm, in which they received periodontal care after delivery.

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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 autism research. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting current biomedical and educational research.

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Participate in Research

A new Research Study is seeking participants to understand how autistic adults use strategies in their everyday lives to help them with sensory, executive functioning, and other differences.

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. 

Learn about studies enrolling participants

New Content - Available Now on

Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior Survey Tool

- Coming Soon!

Research has documented numerous reasons for self-injurious behavior (SIB). The new tool is designed to assist professionals and parents in identifying treatments that may reduce or eliminate SIB in clients or children. Responses to the survey questions may provide insight into one or more possible reasons why an individual engages in SIB. Links to published studies on causes and appropriate interventions are also provided based on survey question answers.

Watch our newsletter for the new tool launching soon!

Webinar Summaries


Optimizing Preconception Health Through Nutrition

Vicki Kobliner, MS RDN, CD-N, discusses steps for optimizing preconception health. She outlines steps for personal health risk assessment and self-advocacy with family and healthcare providers. She considers environmental exposure to chemicals and pesticides and highlights the need to “keep it simple.”

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Autism Research: Nothing About Me Without Me

Dr. Wenn Lawson introduces co-production as the absolute foundation of autism research. Co-production, according to Dr. Lawson, exemplifies the saying 'nothing about us without us' as it seeks to bring together autistic people and researchers in an equal exchange of ideas and investigative thought.

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Upcoming Free Webinars


ARI Webinar 4/12:

Autism and Pica

Tune in to learn about pica, the ingestion of non-food substances, which has received insufficient attention as a common, sometimes lethal, form of self-injurious behavior.

Presented by

Dean Alexander, PhD


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 4/12/23

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ARI Webinar 4/19:

Gestational Influences on the Etiology of Autism

Learn about the latest research on gestational influences on autism etiology, including potential environmental risk factors that may contribute to incidence.


Presented by

Judy Van de Water, PhD

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 4/19/23

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ARI Webinar 4/26:

Aquatic Therapy Programming for Individuals with Autism

Learn about aquatic therapy, designed to remove barriers to participation and expand the recreational repertoires to build memories and experiences.

Presented by

Jennifer Knott, CTRS



1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 4/26/23

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ARI's 2022 Impact Report is Online Now

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 2022 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.

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Making a Difference in 2023

Our work is made possible by your support!

Thank you for believing in the power of research and education. 

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