Our Mission

Autism Speaks Mission

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. 

Our History

Autism Speaks was founded in 2005. Merging with three leading autism organizations and building upon their legacy, Autism Speaks collaborative efforts have resulted in:

  • $3 billion increase in authorized federal research funding for autism

  • $550 million investment in primarily scientific grants

  • Creation of one of the world’s largest open access autism genomic database

  • Over $9 million in community autism-related grants and scholarships

  • Autism Treatment Network of 11 top medical centers and facilities providing cutting-edge clinical care

  • More than 18 million people have received free autism information and resources

86 cents of every dollar funds research, advocacy, programs and services