Accomplishments

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:

  • In its four years of operation, ASF has funded over $1.1 million in autism research grants with over $350,000 given in 2013 alone.
     
  • In 2011, GuideStar ranked ASF as the number one startup nonprofit in the category "Disabilities".
     
  • ASF has provided funding for over 30 stakeholders and over a dozen scientists to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research.
     
  • 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's Facebook page was voted in the Top 5 Most Informative Autism Pages on Facebook by Babble.com.
     
  • Nature Magazine profiled the Autism Science Foundation in an article entitled "Autism's Fight for Facts: A Voice for Science".
     
  • ASF launched a national awareness campaign to encourage families to donate brain tissue for autism research.
     
  • ASF led a consortium of autism organizations to fund a survey quantifying autism-related wandering. The data, published in Pediatrics, 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.
     
  • ASF, in partnership with the UJA-Federation of New York, collected over 300 surveys that provided much needed information about which types of services and programs are most needed by adults with autism.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.