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Monthly News | December 2022

Hello Administrators,


It’s been a very busy year for all of us at ARI. In 2022, we awarded more than $450,000 in grants to fund innovative research that holds realistic promise for postively impacting the lives of autistic people. To learn more about the work we did in 2022, see our accomplishments for 2022 and a current list of ARI-funded research projects.


Connecting investigators, professionals, parents, and those on the spectrum worldwide is essential for effective advocacy. Whatever 2023 brings, you can count on us to continue to focus on education while supporting research on genetics, neurology, co-occurring medical conditions, nutrition, sensory processing, severe and challenging behaviors, and adult and senior issues.


On behalf of ARI’s staff, Board of Directors, and Scientific Advisory Board, I wish you all a very peaceful holiday season,

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

Just Released: 2022 ARI Grant Recipient 'Thank You' Video

Last month, we announced our 2022 ARI Autism Research Grant recipients. We thank our volunteers and Scientific Advisory Panel members for their dedicated support throughout the review and approval process. We look forward to exciting findings in the year to come.

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Watch the 2022 ARI Research Grant Recipient 'Thank You' Video

ARI’s 2022 Accomplishments

For the past 55 years, ARI has been at the forefront of autism research. Our initiative grows each year with the support of ARI’s dedicated Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board.

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New CME Webcasts Released: Co-Occurring Conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

These activities have been approved for complimentary AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

In joint-providership with ARI, the Cleveland Clinic offers complimentary webcasts on autism to healthcare professionals and the general public. 


The latest series provides expert insight into co-occurring conditions and autism. Topics include challenges faced by those aging with autism, gastrointestinal issues, and barriers to individualized medical care that autistic people encounter.

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2022 In Memoriam:

Daniel Torisky 1932-2022: Champion of the Autistic Population

Daniel Torisky was a parent of a child with special needs and an advocate who lobbied tirelessly to improve the lives of those with autism and their families. Daniel was perhaps best known for his role among the founders of the Autism Society of America in the mid-1960s and its Pittsburgh chapter, and for playing a pivotal role in shaping state legislation and expanding services for the autistic population. He will be missed.

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Arnold D. Vetstein 1926-2022: Co-Founder of the League School of Greater Boston

Arnold and Leona Vetstein met with Bernie Rimland in the early 1960s because they would not accept the prevailing theory at that time that autism was caused by "refrigerator" mothers. Bernie's support and encouragement led Leona and Arnold to found the League School, which continues to this day, supporting many families with children on the autism spectrum. 

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Planning for the Holiday Season

Family Gatherings? Disrupted Routines?

Knowing what to expect can reduce stress for everyone. Check out these helpful planning tips.

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Research Updates

From ARRI: COVID-19 epidemic’s effects on infant development studied

A new meta-analysis indicates that infants born or raised during the COVID-19 pandemic do not exhibit impaired neurodevelopment overall. However, the study suggests that infants who experienced their first year of life during the pandemic have an elevated risk of communication impairment, regardless of gestational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

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From ARRI: Study offers clues about eye contact avoidance in ASD

Adults with autism exhibit less activity in a specific 

brain region during eye contact than neurotypical adults do, according to a new study. Researchers used a noninvasive neuroimaging method to analyze the brain activity of pairs of adults, each including one participant with ASD and one neurotypical participant, during brief social interactions involving eye contact. 

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Subscribe to ARRI: Stay Up-to-date on the Latest Research

ARI’s award-winning Autism Research Review International (ARRI) quarterly journal helps you stay updated about the latest autism research. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting current biomedical and educational research.

Learn more and subscribe to ARRI

A one-year subscription to the ARRI is $19.99 (U.S. funds; $23.99 outside the U.S. – includes shipping). Each issue is sent via first-class mail. Keep up with the latest research updates – subscribe now.

Participate in Research

Take part in a new Intervention Study that teaches parents skills to help address their child’s fear and anxiety.

This study requires English fluency.

Many investigators seek participants to add valuable data to our understanding of autism.

Research topics range from sibling differences to school experiences, trauma, adult issues, and more. 

Learn about studies enrolling participants
New Content Available now on

Webinar Summaries

Pet Ownership and Autism

Gray Atherton, Ph.D., discusses pet ownership as it relates to people with autism. She gives context for the importance of this topic, details the theories underpinning her research, and outlines her recent mixed-method studies.

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Delayed and Missed Diagnoses of Autistic Women

Hannah Belcher, Ph.D., Autistic researcher, speaker, and author, discusses the often late and missed diagnosis of autistic females. She dives into the gender gap inherent in autism research, assessments, and clinical understanding, demonstrating how this has led to late and misdiagnosis of autism in women.

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Available now: 

Understanding and Treating Sleep Disturbances in Autism

Sleep disturbances often impact people with autism and their entire families. This book provides detailed information about the various ways to evaluate sleep issues, as well as how to treat them.

This is the third book in a series about understanding and treating various symptoms and behaviors associated with autism. The other two books include self-injurious behavior and anxiety.

Learn more and order the book
Upcoming Free Webinars

ARI Webinar 1/11:

The Ancient Roots of Autism Susceptibility Genes


Researcher Emily Casanova, PhD, provides updates on her emerging findings in genetic research and autism.


Presented by

Emily Casanova, PhD

Edge Hill University


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 1/11/23

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ARI Webinar 1/18:

Parents and Caregivers: The Importance of Self-Care

Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA discusses the importance of self-care for adult caregivers supporting people with special needs, including autism. 


Presented by

Amanda Tami, MA, BCBA, LBA, LPC

The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 1/18/23

Register now

Making a Difference in 2022 and Beyond

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