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Study Confirms “Optimal Outcomes” Rare but Real among Children with Autism

January 16, 2013

Some children diagnosed with autism in early childhood reach “optimal outcomes” with levels of function similar to their typical peers. The findings appear today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

2000 Awards (NAAR)

In 2000, NAAR became the first non-governmental organization to break the $1 million mark for funding autism research and committed approximately $1.5 million to fund 19 pilot studies and two mentor-based fellowships in autism research taking place in the United States and Spain.

2002 Mentor-based Fellowships (NAAR)

In 2002, NAAR budgeted an unprecedented $1 million to fund pre- and post-doctoral mentor-based fellowships to attract the best and brightest young minds to focus their talents on autism research.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

Autism Research Centre (Cambridge, England)
Mentor: Simon Baron-Cohen, Ph.D.

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Mentor: Deborah A. Fein, Ph.D.

New England Medical Center (Boston, MA)
Mentor: Susan Folstein, M.D.
Research Partner: The Mellanby Autism Foundation

2006 Can Grants Funded

Cure Autism Now funded a variety of science programs designed to encourage innovative approaches toward identifying the causes, developing means of prevention and treatment and ultimately, finding a cure for autism and related disorders.

Field-building research grants were a core feature of Cure Autism Now's science program: Pilot Project, Young Investigator, Treatment, and Innovative Technology in Autism grants were born out of the necessity to stimulate novel research and entice investigators to join the fight to understand autism.