Our Work

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through:

Increasing Global Understanding and Acceptance

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Advancing Breakthroughs in Autism Research

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  • One of the world’s largest open access autism genomic databases
  • $155 million investment in scientific grants resulting in an additional $396 million from public sources focused specifically on autism
  • Autism Treatment Network oversight for best practices in clinical care. More than 500,000 children served
  • Advocacy efforts resulting in $3 billion increase in federal research funding for autism

 

Expanding Early Childhood Screening and Intervention

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Improving the Transition to Adulthood

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Ensuring Access to Reliable Information across the Life Span

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  • Trained Autism Response Team members providing real-time support and guidance
  • Resources and tools across the spectrum and throughout the life span
  • Grants to local organizations to increase services for people with autism and families
  • Online access to nationwide database of service providers

 

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

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