Autism Speaks is now accepting applications from hospitals and university medical centers wishing to become part of its Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN).
In this new cycle, Autism Speaks is calling for proposals that emphasize collaborative partnerships between AS-ATN centers and primary care physicians in their surrounding communities. In this way, Autism Speaks aims to raise the standard of care for autism and associated medical conditions and increase the capacity of physicians who can address this public health crisis. At the same time, specialists and researchers within the ATN will continue to advance whole-person treatment of autism through evidence-based research, the development of guidelines and physician training.
“Autism Speaks ATN has pioneered the delivery of whole-person medical care for children and adolescents with autism,” says Autism Speaks Vice President of Clinical Programs Clara Lajonchere, Ph.D. “With this new round of grants, we will greatly expand the ATN’s reach into communities in ways desperately needed to care for the growing numbers of individuals affected by autism. The primary care community needs to work closely with specialty care centers to provide a system of care that can meet the growing needs of our children and families.”
Institutions applying to become part of the network must also demonstrate strong plans for helping families navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Other key efforts should include quality programs for comprehensive family support and outstanding multidisciplinary training in autism healthcare.
At present, Autism Speaks ATN consists of 17 medical centers across the United States and Canada. Together, its clinicians are developing the most effective approaches to medical care for children and adolescents affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This includes the delivery of high-quality, comprehensive care carried out by integrated teams of healthcare professionals who understand ASD and excel at treating its associated medical conditions.
Autism Speaks encourages applications from hospitals and academic medical centers with established autism programs that provide multidisciplinary care. Autism Speaks ATN centers receive support of up to $165,000 a year for three years. The initial application, in the form of a letter of intent, is due on April 18, 2013. Further information can be found here. The Autism Speaks ATN leadership will be fielding questions through a webinar on Tuesday, March 26th, at 4:30 pm Eastern. Register for it here.