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Monthly News | March 2023

Hello Administrators,


With Autism Awareness Month approaching, ARI's staff is busy working on a number of initiatives. These include sponsoring our annual, three-day in-person think tank, releasing an online program to help parents and professionals understand and support self-harming behaviors, and premiering ARI's National Autism History Museum.


Stay tuned!

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

Coming in April: Autism Science Month - weekly series

ARI's mission (to support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through research and education) has generated a lot of information over the years. Starting April 1, we'll be highlighting ARI-funded research, popular webinars we've hosted, and more, with links to resources on our website at

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide celebration of individuals who think, move, communicate, and process information differently.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide celebration of individuals who think, move, communicate, and process information differently.

In recognition of #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek, we encourage people everywhere to discover more about the power of neurodiversity and how we can best support our neurodiverse peers.

To get started, check out these books and webinars written and presented by some of ARI’s neurodiverse collaborators. They cover topics such as masking, learning styles, education, co-research strategies, and more.

Learn more

In Memoriam

Ved Chauhan, Ph.D., was head of the Cellular Neurochemistry Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), Staten Island, NY. He published nearly a hundred research articles in peer-reviewed journals. His work included biochemical abnormalities in autism, the role of phosphoinositides in the activation of protein kinase C, and factors affecting the fibrillization of amyloid beta-protein. Dr. Chauhan presented talks at ARI's national and regional think tanks, received grant funds from ARI to conduct research, and traveled to Russia with ARI to inform families and professionals throughout eastern Europe about autism.

Research Updates

From ARRI: Differences detected in autism in gene variations linked to insomnia, circadian rhythm

Children with autism may have an increased genetic risk for sleep problems, according to a new study.

Rackeb Tesfaye and colleagues analyzed data from two large databases, including 5,860 children with ASD and 2,092 unaffected siblings. In addition, they analyzed data on 7,509 individuals from the general population.

Read more

From ARRI: Vision problems common in children with autism

A study from Spain indicates that children with autism have a high rate of vision problems.

The researchers found that 48.4 percent of the children had refractive problems, most commonly hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (distorted vision due to alterations in the shape of the cornea or lens).

Read more
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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.

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Participate in Research

A new Research Study is seeking participants to understand how autistic adults use strategies in their everyday lives to help them with sensory, executive functioning, and other differences.

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

Women in Autism

Autism was once understood as a pediatric condition that only affected boys. We now understand that autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition with heterogeneous (diverse) presentation across all genders.

This article describes the autism gender bias and real-world outcomes for autistic women, and discusses emerging research and new models for the future.

Read about Women in Autism

Webinar Summaries

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. She provides context for mental health in the US and highlights the importance of self-care in the modern world. 

Watch now

Preconception and Prenatal Care – A Nutritionist’s Perspective

Vicki Kobliner, MSRD, discusses steps for optimizing preconception and prenatal health through good nutrition. She contextualizes the epidemic of chronic illnesses in children and underscores nutrition-based GI health and detoxification. 

Watch now
Upcoming Free Webinars


ARI Webinar 4/12:

Autism and Pica

Tune in to learn about pica, the ingestion of non-food substances, which has received insufficient attention as a common, sometimes lethal, form of self-injurious behavior.

Presented by

Dean Alexander, PhD

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 4/12/23

Register Now

ARI Webinar 4/19:

Gestational Influences on the Etiology of Autism

Learn about the latest research on gestational influences on autism etiology, including potential environmental risk factors that may contribute to incidence.


Presented by

Judy Van de Water, PhD

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 4/19/23

Register now

ARI Webinar 4/26:

Aquatic Therapy Programming for Individuals with Autism

Learn about aquatic therapy designed to remove barriers to participation and expand recreational repertoires to build memories and experiences.

Presented by

Jennifer Knott, CTRS



1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 4/26/23

Register now

Making a Difference in 2023

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

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