Autism Speaks Unveils New Research Priorities A year after eliminating references to a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks—the largest U.S. autism advocacy group—has updated its research priorities in a three-year strategic plan for science. The plan includes: How Autism Speaks spends its science budget is significant. The $12.6 million in grants it awarded to ... News in Brief
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Autism Speaks Unveils New Research Priorities
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Autism Speaks Unveils New Research Priorities
The ASHA Leader, March 2018, Vol. 23, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23032018.13
The ASHA Leader, March 2018, Vol. 23, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23032018.13
A year after eliminating references to a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks—the largest U.S. autism advocacy group—has updated its research priorities in a three-year strategic plan for science.
The plan includes:
  • Supporting research that uncovers the biology of autism to advance the delivery of personalized treatments and supports.

  • Supporting research that translates basic discoveries into potential personalized treatments.

  • Facilitating clinical testing of promising interventions, including scalable and sustainable community programs.

How Autism Speaks spends its science budget is significant. The $12.6 million in grants it awarded to researchers in 2014 was the third-largest source of autism research funding, behind the U.S. government and the Simons Foundation.
The new science plan and the year-old mission have eliminated words such as “struggle,” “hardship” and “crisis,” as well as any reference to curing autism. In developing the research priorities, Autism Speaks asked for feedback from families, researchers and other stakeholders, and gathered input from more than 6,000 people.
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