Autism Science Foundation Offers IMFAR Travel Grants to Autism Stakeholders

Funds will enable parents, individuals with autism and others to attend the leading autism research conference

The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that is offering a limited number of grants to parents of children with autism, individuals with autism, and other stakeholders to support attendance at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), to be held in Toronto, Canada from May 17-19. Awards of up to $1000 can be used to cover registration, travel, accommodations, meals and other directly related expenses, including childcare or special accommodations to enable individuals with autism to participate.

IMFAR is an annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to promote, exchange and disseminate the latest scientific findings in autism research and to stimulate research progress in understanding the nature, causes, and treatments for autism spectrum disorders. IMFAR is the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this program for the third year in a row and to give back to the autism stakeholder community in a research-focused way,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation.

“These scholarships are a wonderful opportunity to bring more stakeholders to IMFAR and enhance discussion and interactions among all key constituencies,” said Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, President of INSAR and Professor of Psychology, Anatomy & Neurobiology and Pediatrics, Boston University.

To apply, send a letter to describing why you want to attend IMFAR and explaining how you would share what you learn there with the broader autism community. Letters should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments of no more than 2 pages, 12-point type, “Arial” font, with standard margins. In the subject line please write: IMFAR Grant. Letters must be received by February 29, 2012. Recipients will be announced in late March. Past recipients have included individuals with autism, parents of children with autism, special education teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, journalists, and others to attend and participate in the conference. Additional application information is available at

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to support autism research by providing funding to those who conduct, facilitate, publicize and disseminate autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. INSAR was created in 2001. The society runs the annual scientific meeting – the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) – and publishes the research journal “Autism Research.”


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Autism Science Foundation
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