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Support the Translation of our Materials!

Autism Speaks needs your help to make our resources more accessible to the non-English speaking community!

All Autism Speaks Tool Kits are freely available, and we welcome translation of these resources into all languages. Guidelines for the translation and adaption of Autism Speaks materials is provided below. If you wish to translate any Autism Speaks materials, please contact translation@autismspeaks.org for a copy of the guidelines and associated agreement form.

Guidelines for Translation and Adaption of Autism Speaks Materials:

1. Translate the Tool Kit works from English into local language and make contextual changes and/or additions as necessary. All contextual changes and/or additions must be highlighted.  During this phase it is important to ensure that all cultural adaptations are made. The translation process should include a person affected by autism, a family member affected by autism and a professional that works in the autism field.

2. Once the translation is complete and any contextual changes and/or additions have been made, an individual or group of individuals not directly involved in the initial translation must translate the translated version of the Tool Kit Works to English (a “Blind Back Translation”).  This will result in an English version of the toolkit which includes all of contextual changes. All contextual changes and/or additions must be highlighted.  The Blind Back Translation will be reviewed and subject to approval by Autism Speaks.  

3. One the Blind Back Translation has been approved by Autism Speaks, prepare a proposed final version of the translated Tool Kit works.  The proposed final version of the translated Tool Kit Works will be reviewed and subject to approval by Autism Speaks.  The final version must present both the translated version and the Blind Back Translation (i.e., a panel view with the translated version and the Blind Back Translation on same page).  The final version must contain the following acknowledgements on the cover page:

  • Certain portions of the Tool Kit are licensed by Autism Speaks and are used by permission.
  • The translating organization led the translation and is solely responsible for the content of the translated portion of the Tool Kit.
  • Autism Speaks is not responsible for the content of the translated portion of the Tool Kit.

4. Autism Speaks reserves the right to perform an independent translation in order to verify the accuracy of translated version of the Tool Kit Works.

5. Upon receipt of Autism Speaks' written approval of the Blind Back Translation and the final version of the translated Tool Kit, the translating organization shall be authorized to use the Tool Kit works and the Trademarks solely as set forth in the Terms and Conditions For Use of the Tool Kit Works and Trademarks.

6. You agree not to charge any fees for use of the approved final version of the translated Tool Kit works.

Please note that all steps require you to include a family member of an individual with autism and a clinician or other service provider familiar with autism. Should you wish to move forward with the translation of any of our Tool Kits, please inform us of your intent to do so as soon as possible by writing to translation@autismspeaks.org.

Check out our existing non-English resources here!