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Monthly News | June 2023

Hello Administrators,


We are always very busy at ARI, particularly in June when our Scientific Advisory Board conducts ARI's annual Scientific Grant Program. Every year this dedicated group awards funding to investigators focused on promising new areas of research aimed at improving the health and well-being of people with autism. We look forward to learning about this year's recipients and the studies they will lead when awards are announced later this year. We are grateful to the clinicians and researchers who step up yearly to support this vital effort.


We will soon reach 1 million views on our educational YouTube Channel – if you haven't checked out our free online recordings of webinars on a wide range of topics, be sure to check to register for upcoming talks, and if you missed one, it's not too late – you can watch the playback and take the knowledge quiz for free, any time. 


Things are up and running at ARI’s National Autism History Museum. If you are in the San Diego area, be sure to stop by.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

Editorial - Why an autism history museum?

Museum Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon or by appointment. To schedule a visit: email - or call – (619) 537-9211

While museums dedicated to art, culture, and science are common, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) recently established a new museum that is the first of its kind: the National Autism History Museum, which stands as a testament to the importance of understanding autism and celebrates the diversity within the autism community.

The National Autism History Museum also seeks to bridge the gap between the autism community and the broader public through its capacity to foster empathy, promote research, and cultivate a society that embraces and supports all individuals on the autism spectrum.

Read more

Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior Survey Tool

Research has documented numerous reasons for self-injurious behavior (SIB). The new tool is designed to assist professionals and parents in identifying treatments that may reduce or eliminate SIB in clients or children. Responses to the survey questions may provide insight into one or more possible reasons why an individual engages in SIB. Links to published studies on causes and appropriate interventions are also offered based on responses to survey questions.

Learn more & use the tool

ARI: Advancing our Understanding of Autism

Established in 1967, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the world's oldest organization dedicated to autism research. For more than half a century, we’ve worked to improve the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the clinicians and researchers working on their behalf.  

Thanks to your generous donations, we are continually expanding our work.

Read about our current work

Summertime Support: Tips and Tricks

Summer brings changes; some may be fun, and others challenging. Here are free webinars with tips and tricks to support your sunny season adventures.

*webinars from our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development

June is Pride Month

Research on autism and sexual identity suggests that people with autism may be more likely to identify as LGBTQ+. We hope these resources from around the web are helpful to the LGBTQ+ members of the autism community and those who support them.

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Drs. Harland Winter and Steve Edelson welcome Dr. Margaret Bauman to ARI’s Board of Directors 

Dr. Margaret L. Bauman is a distinguished pediatric neurologist and research investigator who has pioneered the study and treatment of autism for the past 40 years. One of the world’s foremost physicians in this field, she is highly respected for the outstanding clinical care she provides, as well as for her research and teachings in the domain of developmental disorders.

Dr. Bauman also serves on ARI’s Scientific Advisory Board

Learn about ARI's Board of Directors
Research Updates

From ARRI: Earlier intervention leads to greater benefits for kids with autism

Children with autism who receive intensive early intervention at the age of 18 months fare significantly better than those who begin receiving this type of intervention at 27 months of age, according to a new study.

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From ARRI: Nonverbal kids with ASD  may understand much more  language than they produce

Nonverbal or minimally verbal children with autism may understand significantly more language than they are able to produce, according to a new study.

A new study analyzed data collected on nearly 1,600 children with autism and low verbal skills. The researchers found that 25 percent of the children exhibited better receptive than expressive language skills.

Read more

Subscribe to ARI's Clinical Research e-Newsletter

The Autism Research Institute publishes an e-newsletter titled ‘Clinical Research in Autism.’ It provides online links to recent clinical research related to patient care and is intended for pediatricians, nurses, and obstetricians.

The April/May '23 issue is available on our website, and you can also subscribe.

Learn more and subscribe

Free Issue of ARRI - Online Now

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. 

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.

Read the latest issue of ARRI online - for free:

What's inside?

  • CDC findings: Prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the United States climbs to new highs
  • Dr. Edelson's Editorial: Why an autism history museum?
  • Molecular signatures may point to later diagnosis of autism
  • Mother's exposure to airborne pollution may increase likelihood of autism in children

... and more

Learn more and subscribe to ARRI

Participate in Research

Participants needed: Enroll for a new Research Study that aims to understand how autistic adults use strategies in their everyday lives to help them with sensory, executive functioning, and other differences.

University-based investigators contact us for help finding research 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

The Complexities of Establishing Evidence-Based Interventions for Autism

Giacomo Vivanti, Ph.D., dives into the complexities of establishing evidence-based autism interventions. He describes the ever-changing state of intervention literature, noting that autistic individuals still experience health inequalities. 

Watch now

The Ancient Roots of Autism Susceptibility Genes

Emily Casanova, PhD, dives into the ancient origins of autism susceptibility genes. She outlines periods of rapid gene evolution in early vertebrates and provides an introduction to basic genetics. The presenter characterizes autism genes by length, age, conservation, and protein interaction. Casanova considers variation/mutation tolerance of autism genes compared to nervous and developmental gene groups. 

Watch now
Upcoming Free Webinars

ARI Webinar 7/26:

Social Media Use and Autism –

Teens and Adults

Learn research updates on the impact of social media use on teens and adults with autism.


Presented by

Pamela Wisniewski, PhD

Vanderbilt University 


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 7/26/23

Register now

ARI Webinar 8/30:

Pain, Sensory Issues, and Autism

From sensory and pain-response behavior to neurophysiology: quantitative and qualitative studies in autism.

Presented by

Dr. Tami Bar-Shalita,

Dr. Yelena Granovsky,

Dr. Eynat Gal


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 8/30/23

Register now

Making a Difference in 2023

Our work is made possible by your support!

Thank you for believing in the power of research and education. 

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