Autism Research Strategic Plan

At ASF we collaborate with organizations across the nation to help spark innovation in autism science. We work with scientists, government officials and other autism advocacy organizations in an effort to stimulate and fund research that will help us understand what causes autism and develop effective treatments.

ASF funds science in accordance with the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. The IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research was created with the intent to accelerate and inspire research that will profoundly improve the health and well-being of every person on the autism spectrum across the lifespan. The plan provides a blueprint for autism research that is advisory to the Department of Health and Human Services and serves as a basis for partnerships with other agencies and private organizations involved in autism research and services. According to the Combating Autism Act of 2006 it must be updated on an annual basis. To this end, the 2011 Plan has been updated by the IACC to reflect important new scientific advances in the field during the past year, emerging areas of opportunity, and areas where more research is necessary. Input from the ASD community, advocacy groups, research funding organizations, and the scientific community continues to be a critical aspect of the updating process.

The IACC also produces the annual “Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research” which publishes recent research findings which had the most impact on the field.

ASF President Alison Singer serves as member of the IACC and as a member of the IACC subcommittee on strategic plan oversight and implementation. ASF Scientific Advisory Board members Dr. Joe Buxbaum, Dr. Bryan King, Dr. Cathy Lord, Dr. Matt State, Dr. Manny DiCicco-Bloom, Dr. David Mandell and Dr. Eric London have all participated as scientific experts in National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) workshops that reveiw and update the annual strategic plan.