NIMH Resources

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a partner in disseminating scientific studies and news concerning developments in Autism.  The Autism Science foundation’s mission works together with that of the NIMH’s to spread awareness and information about autism to the general public and families with members who have autism and fund research. The NIMH provides the autism community with answers to questions about the autism and continues to research more effective methods of treatment. Listed below are some of the NIMH’s publications about autism.

2013 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research – The Interagency Coordinating Committee (IACC) released the 2013 Plan for autism research detailing all research that has been done and its results, as well as the research to be done. 
2011 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research provides a brief synopsis of the most substantial breakthroughs chosen by the IACC from peer-reviewed articles nominated by members. The summary groups the breakthroughs by the questions they address in the IACC’s strategic plan.

2010 IACC Autism Spectrum Disorder Portfolio Analysis Report intends to better inform the IACC and interested stakeholders about the current directions for ASD research. Additionally, this analysis examines the extent to which current funding and research topics align with the IACC’s strategic plan.

Report to Congress on Activities Related to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (FY 2006-FY 2009) summarizes the IACC and other federal agencies research efforts from 2006 to 2009. In addition, it details results from their research and the Combatting Autism Act of 2006.

2012 CDC Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Community Report* The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their report on the prevalence of Autism in children and their research on increased prevalence. The report breaks down autism prevalence by geographic region and ethnicity. The report explains how they are researching increased prevalence in order to explain what causes autism.

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, 14 Sites, United States, 2008 MMWR Surveillance Report (CDC)*This report provides updated estimates of ASD prevalence estimates for the 2008, representing 14 sites in the United States. In addition, the report provides characteristics of the population of children with ASDs are described. This report is intended to communicate the latest available ASD prevalence estimates and to provide basic comparisons with estimates for earlier years.

IACC/OARC Autism Spectrum Disorder Portfolio Analysis Web Tool is a database that has information from the 2009 and 2010 ASD research report. Its purpose is to communicate the directions of ASD research and how is aligns with the Strategic plans established by the IACC.

IACC/OARC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Publications Analysis: The Global Landscape of Autism Research – July 2012 assesses the productivity of biomedical and health services research through analyzing their publications. It uses trends in research to explain the effectiveness of various forms of research.

IACC Letter to the Secretary on Seclusion and Restraint – September 7, 2011 is a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services informing her of the dangers of Seclusion and restraint of individuals of ASD. It details various studies and publications that warn of these dangers and why it should be stopped.

IACC Letter to Secretary Sebelius on Wandering – February 9, 2011 and Response Letter is a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services informing her of the developments in issues of wandering related to individuals with ASD. The letter details the dangers of wandering and suggests further research into this as a sub classification of ASD as well as instituting an alert system.

Past IACC Strategic Plans

Combating Autism Act

The Combating Autism Act of 2006 is a law that established and expanded research for Autism in 2006. It worked through funding research, establishing the NIH centers for excellence, and providing more benefits to individuals with ASD in order to address the increasing prevalence of ASD.

The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 expanded the earlier Autism Act of 2006 through developing surveillance programs and authorizing appropriations for early intervention and detection programs.

Other information from the NIMH

Department of Education Restraint and Seclusion Resource Document discourages teachers and parents from using seclusion and restraint as a way to stop the occurrence of symptoms in a child. It explains the dangers and ineffectiveness of the treatment, and looks to promote a safer treatment that maintains the dignity of the child.

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights – The Transformed Civil Rights Data Collection Summary Document displays occurring trends in the nation’s schools. The report uses trends to compare and explain the differences in gender, ethnicity, and disabled/normal.

CDC National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief: Diagnostic History and Treatment of School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Health Care Needs – May 2012 addresses trends found in school-aged children with autism and special health care needs based on what age they were diagnosed, who diagnosed them, and how they meet their developmental needs.

American Psychiatric Association DSM-V Resource Page describes the new method for diagnosing ASD, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-V). It details the changes to the prior method and what it means for the ASD community.