Autism Tissue Program, Princeton, New Jersey
"Give the Gift of Hope"
Organ and tissue donation programs play a critical role in research efforts focused on finding treatments and cures for many diseases, including autism. The Autism Tissue Program is a parent-led tissue donation program dedicated to autism spectrum disorders established and funded by the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and supported by the National Institutes of Health.
The Autism Tissue Program makes post-mortem brain tissue available to as many qualified scientists as possible to advance autism research. In the field of neurosciences, as it pertains to autism research, human brain tissue is the most valuable material on the planet, enabling scientists to go far beyond the constraints of other technologies and study autism on a cellular and molecular level. Without this tissue - the most fundamental, rare and essential resource - studies that could lead to earlier diagnosis, effective medical treatments and eventually a cure for autism spectrum disorders cannot be done.
Tragically, this tissue comes from young children, adolescents and adults with autism who pass away unexpectedly. Dealing with such tragedy is devastating. However, many donor parents have said they decided to make their donation to keep hope alive for families facing the disorder.
All tissue recovery is coordinated with the family's funeral arrangements. Loved ones are treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Tissue recovery does not affect funeral arrangements in any way, including the viewing. The Autism Tissue Program assumes all costs related to obtaining tissue.
The Autism Tissue Program is dedicated to making families aware of the need for brain tissue donation and the importance of understanding the neuropathology of autism.
You can help if you are the parents of a child or children with autism, are related to someone with autism, or have autism yourself by enrolling in The Autism Tissue Program.
To enroll or for more information, call (877) 333 - 0999 or visit www.MemoriesofHope.org.