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The Autism Science Foundation has accomplished a lot since its founding in 2009 and has been recognized for its contributions to the autism community. Here are some highlights:
ASF has awarded nearly half a million dollars in research grants in its first two years.
In 2011, GuideStar ranked ASF as the number one startup nonprofit in the category "Disabilities".
- ASF has provided funding for over 20 stakeholders and over a dozen scientists to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research.
- ASF co-founder and president Alison Singer and scientific advisory board member Dr. David Mandell were appointed to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which guides the federal government's investment in autism research.
- Nature Magazine profiled the Autism Science Foundation in an article entitled "Autism's Fight for Facts: A Voice for Science".
ASF's Facebook page was voted in the Top 5 Most Informative Autism Pages on Facebook by Babble.com.
ASF Co-Founder Karen London and ASF Scientific Advisory Board Member Dr. Eric London were awarded the International Society of Autism Research (INSAR) Advocate Award in 2011.
ASF Board Members and Science Advisors have spoken about autism science issues on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, the Today Show, the Dr. Oz Show, The Colbert Report, on CNN, MSNBC, & Fox News, as well as in USA Today, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
- ASF led a consortium of autism organizations to fund a survey quantifying autism-related wandering. The data indicated that 50% of children with autism have wandered from safe places and many have ended up in dangerous, life threatening situations. As a result of the study, a new ICD-9 medical subclassification code for wandering was created to protect children with autism who wander.