Autism Care Network

The Autism Care Network is the first and only network of its kind focused on better autism care, delivered at scale and at speed, to improve health and quality of life for children with autism and their families throughout North America. Launched in April 2021, the Network is supported by Autism Speaks, AIR-P, the J. Donald Lee and Laurelle Lee Family Foundation and PCORnet.

The Autism Care Network is a groundbreaking shift that transforms how better care is developed, connecting the dots between families, researchers, and healthcare teams to continuously improve whole-person and whole-family autism care. As a learning health system, the learning begins with patient insights, which drive research questions to understand what treatments are most helpful for which patients. Then these findings are shared to providers across the Network and in local communities. This significant shift in autism care improvements accelerates research findings and gets them into provider’s offices years earlier than traditional research.

Here’s how it works: Children with autism and their families visit their healthcare provider's office. This data becomes part of an ongoing cycle of information sharing and research that turns into real life help for families – not just your family, but thousands of families across North America. And if you don’t live near a Network site, the Network partners with ECHO Autism to provide virtual learning to empower local providers with knowledge to provide the best care possible to families, where and when they need it.

Click here to learn more about the Autism Care Network

View the Autism Care Network Annual Report

In its inaugural year as the Autism Care Network, the Network made meaningful impact in:

Improving clinical care

  • Made improvements in standardizing care for ADHD, anxiety and irritability
  • Increased provider screening for child safety concerns from 71% to 91%
  • Launched 2 research studies to improve precision autism care and early identification

Expanding access to care

  • Offered autism training to providers in 16 countries to increase their knowledge and skills
  • Connected families in all 50 states and 37 countries with resources and access to autism experts

Engaging families and self-advocates

  • Partnered with families and self-advocates on Network activities, community trainings and research projects
  • Co-authored 3 published manuscripts and developed community resources

For the most recent Autism Care Network accomplishments, read our 2021 Network Annual Report and the Annual Report one-pager in English and Spanish.

Find an Autism Care Network site

With 24 sites across the United States and Canada – and more sites joining each year – the Autism Care Network aims to address disparities in access to care. Through innovative peer-to-peer data-sharing and patient insights, people across the spectrum will benefit sooner from research findings, be empowered to reach their full potential and improve their quality of life — faster and regardless of geography. 

The 24 Autism Care Network sites are:

  • Autism Center of Hospital for Special Care
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Marcus Center)
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles- Boone Fetter Clinic
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Alberta
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Metrohealth Medical Center; Metrohealth Autism Assessment Clinic (MAAC)
  • Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Prisma Health-Upstate
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital 
  • State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
  • The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders at UC Irvine
  • The Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • The Lurie Center for Autism
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, E.K. Shriver Center and The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) 
  • University of Missouri - ECHO Autism Communities
  • University of Rochester Medical Center - Golisano Children's Hospital
  • University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Waisman Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison

View our family resources

  • How to Use Anxiety Strategies to Help Your Child with Autism - English and Spanish
  • How to Use Visual Supports to Help Your Child with Autism - English and Spanish
  • How to Use Behavioral Health Treatment to Help Your Child with Autism - English and Spanish
  • How to Use Irritability Strategies to Help Your Child with Autism - English and Spanish
  • How to Use Sleep Strategies to Help Your Child with Autism - English and Spanish

View our clinical resources

Supported by:

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