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Monthly News | September 2023

Hello Administrators,


September is an exciting time for all of us at ARI as we move toward awarding ARI’s 2023 Scientific Research Grant Awards, which will fund innovative investigations that show realistic promise for impacting the lives of autistic people. Research is the foundation of progress. It helps us better understand the unique needs and strengths of people with autism. It empowers the community to develop appropriate strategies to improve health, well-being, and overall quality of life.


Our online educational resources provide the community with the knowledge to advocate for research and appropriate medical care. If you haven't already, be sure to check them out at


As we look to the months ahead, I want to emphasize the importance of continued collaboration within our organization and with other research institutions, professionals, and, most importantly, the individuals and families of the autism community. 

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

New Editorial from Dr. Edelson: Revisiting Two Lesser-Known Teaching Strategies to Enhance Speech Production in Autism

In this editorial, Dr. Stephen M. Edelson describes two methods for improving the speech production of individuals on the autism spectrum, discusses potential neurological factors that may underlie their effectiveness, and encourages the autism community to re-evaluate them. 

Read the Editorial

New on Sexual Victimization in Autism

** Trigger warning: this article discusses sexual victimization and suicide **

Contemporary research underscores that autistic people desire and pursue intimate romantic relationships no differently from the general population. However, due to past misconceptions about autistic sexuality, little attention has been given to sexual education and safety. A lack of education, combined with communication and social differences, leaves many autistic people vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment.

Traumatic experiences such as childhood sexual victimization can have lifelong effects on mental health and quality of life. Effective education and treatment programs must be collaborative, individualized, and supportive of autistic sexuality.

Read more

Back-to-School Resources

Whether you’re a parent preparing a child for grade school or an adult transitioning into or out of college, the back-to-school season can present unique challenges for families and individuals with autism. Not only do schedules and priorities change, but social and sensory processing skills are tested in new environments with new people.

As with any transition period, navigating and coping with these changes can be challenging. Take a look at these informative articles and webinars for insight and tips on what to expect.

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Our Latest Annual Report is Online Now

Learn how we are collaborating and leading efforts to accelerate progress in autism research and education. Read the latest:

Annual Report (PDF format)

Impact Report (PDF format)

ARI’s 2022 Accomplishments (PDF format)

IRS 990 and Audited Financial Statement

Research Updates

Enrolling Now: Autism Biomarker Study

The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development is currently enrolling children with autism and non-sibling, typically developing controls in a research study to identify biomarkers to help with diagnosis and therapeutic interventions. The study is open to families living in the US who have a child with autism aged 18 months to 8 years of age. Typically developing (non-sibling) control children are also welcome to participate.

Compensation of $125 is provided for each child who completes the study. For more information, please email the Johnson Center at [email protected]

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From ARRI: New multi-national study adds to evidence linking alterations of the gut microbiome to autism

Strong new evidence linking alterations of the gut microbiome to autism comes from a new multi-national study by James Morton and colleagues.

In the study, researchers in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia developed an algorithm to re-analyze 25 datasets containing information on autistic and neurotypical controls. 

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From ARRI: Prenatal exposure to cannabis may increase likelihood of autism

Cannabis use during pregnancy may alter placental and fetal DNA methylation (the process of turning genes “on” and “off”) in ways that increase the likelihood of autism or other neurobehavioral conditions, according to a new study.

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Free Issue of ARRI - Online Now

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’s award-winning quarterly journal, Autism Research Review International (ARRI), helps you stay on top of the latest autism research. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting current biomedical and educational research.

Read the latest issue of ARRI online - for free:

What's inside?

  • Dr. Edelson's Editorial: Revisiting Two Lesser-Known Teaching Strategies to Enhance Speech Production in Autism
  • Sensory issues may be a factor in substance use in individuals with ASD
  • Animal study reveals clues that developmental vitamin D deficiency may be associated with gut alterations in autism
  • Study detects significant memory problems in ASD

... and more

Learn more and subscribe to ARRI

Participate in Research

Participants needed: Enroll for a new Research Study that aims to understand how autistic adults use strategies in their everyday lives to help them with sensory, executive functioning, and other differences.

University-based investigators frequently contact ARI for help finding research 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

CME Webcasts: Co-Occurring Conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

These activities have been approved for complimentary AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

In joint-providership with ARI, the Cleveland Clinic offers complimentary webcasts on autism to healthcare professionals and the general public. 


The most recent series provides expert insight into co-occurring conditions and autism. Topics include challenges faced by those aging with autism, gastrointestinal issues, and barriers to individualized medical care that autistic people encounter.

Watch now
Upcoming Free Webinars

ARI Webinar 9/6:

Examining the Transition to Adulthood in Autism*

Learn about the transition to adulthood, including considerations for advancing service access and navigation, employment support, and post-secondary education access.

Presented by

David Nicholas, PhD

University of Calgary


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 9/6/23

Register now

ARI Webinar 9/13:

Screen Time and Social Engagement

Learn about emerging research on the impact of screen time on social engagement of autistic children during early childhood development.


Presented by

Dr. Karen Heffler, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine 


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 9/13/23

Register now

ARI Webinar 9/20

Social Media Use and Autism – Teens and Adults

Learn research updates on the impact of social media use on teens and adults with autism.

Presented by

Dr. Pamela Wisniewski

Vanderbilt University

1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.)


Register now

*This is a joint presentation by ARI and the World Autism Organisation.

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