Our Work

Autism 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

  • Collaborative Ad Council public service messaging campaigns, resulting in 50% increase in autism awareness
  • Focus and development on global autism solutions
  • Worldwide Autism Month recognition initiatives
  • Largest autism fundraising and awareness event in North America

Advancing Breakthroughs in Autism Research

  • 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

  • Global public health initiatives for underserved populations
  • Collaboration for sustainable and effective autism service delivery
  • Community screening and intervention resources
  • Funding for best practice, cost-effective screening and intervention care models

Improving the Transition to Adulthood

  • Free online resources for transition, employment, education, and housing and community living
  • Nationwide education through online community events and regional town halls
  • Advocacy support and policies for tax-preferred savings legislation, transition planning and adult life assistance.

Ensuring Access to Reliable Information across the Life Span

  • 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 was founded in 2005. Merging with three leading autism organizations and building upon their legacy, Autism 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