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    Fundraising That Helps Your Autism Programs, Too!

    Beads for a Cause™ designs quality, cause-conscious jewelry that represent charities that are most meaningful to you. Beads like this “I See You” design symbolize a person’s commitment to autism awareness, research, education and inclusion, while a percentage of sales goes directly toward those efforts by The Autism Research Foundation. Use this bead to fundraise [...]

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    10 Reasons to Donate

    Hi Friends, Our online community has asked our staff to provide ten (10) reasons for why people should donate to The Autism Research Foundation this holiday season. Is it cliche to say that the hardest part of this challenge was narrowing down our reasons to such a short list? Well, it was! Here is our [...]

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    Brain Tissue Freezer Needs Replacement

    As we have begun planning for the 2014-2015 academic research year, The Autism Research Foundation has identified multiple material needs to advance its neurobiology work. Most importantly, Dr. Margaret Bauman’s autism lab at the Boston University School of Medicine will require the purchase of a new brain tissue freezer to replace an outdated model in [...]

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    Rally Your Community Around Autism

    Autism knows no bounds. Every community can show support through fundraising and awareness with our easy-to-read guides. Community efforts are not only limited to local outreach, but often include working to get support from the celebrity community. Often times, people believe that celebrities get involved in charitable efforts to better their image in the public [...]

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    Dr. Margaret Bauman Answers Your Questions

    Pioneering autism researcher and child neurologist, Dr. Margaret Bauman, answers your frequently asked questions: from early intervention to adult care. Share her insight with your autism community and check back often for new discussions about improving quality of life for individuals with autism.  

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    Autism Glossary

    Receiving an autism diagnosis can be overwhelming for you and your family, but understanding the disorder shouldn’t be. Use our autism glossary to navigate your way through reading all about the science and symptoms of autism.

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    Inclusion Programs

    At The Autism Research Foundation, there is something for everyone… and we believe it should be that way. Inclusion programs engage kids of all ages and abilities in art, athletics, employment, and social events that encourage respect and appreciation for each other’s differences. An inclusion program can have positive impacts on learning and development, as [...]

Vision and Values

Then and Now. A mother dedicated to a medical career in autism, which was unheard of at the time, founded The Autism Research Foundation in 1990. Today, 23 volunteers, 9 interns, and 1.5 paid employees work from 1 small office lab to carry out her mission. Together, we have helped hundreds of families nationwide to understand their own personal experience with autism through community programming and further their scientific understanding of autism biology through research.

Read more about our charity’s commitment to our ever-growing autism community.

When Jenny was first diagnosed with autism, I felt like I was drowning in autism books, journals, and website printouts trying to make sense of it all. Dr. Bauman and The Autism Research Foundation helped me to make sense of Jenny’s journey and gave me a sense of confidence in it all.

I realized that I don’t have to have all of the answers — the professionals don’t even have that yet — but I do have to have a go-to resource.

Thanks for making my autism education well-rounded and easy!

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Art 4 Autism

Art offers any individual the opportunity to express emotions creatively and freely: a form of therapy that is approachable and affordable. Through Art 4 Autism, student artists share their studio space and lend their talents to helping others express themselves. Professional artists often choose to donate a percentage of gallery sales to help sustain this [...]

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First-class autism awareness and acceptance through athletics: because life isn't a spectator sport.

Athletes 4 Autism

Student-athletes from top collegiate athletic teams mentor kids with and without autism in weekly sports lessons. Kids learn by example and experience. We believe pairing kids up with a scholar-athlete to learn sports first-hand in the company of their diverse peers will teach them life lessons beyond the scope of any classroom. Sounds expensive? Well, [...]

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Promoting autism awareness and acceptance through first-hand friendships and family events in your community.

Inclusion Programs

At The Autism Research Foundation, there is something for everyone… and we believe it should be that way. Inclusion programs engage kids of all ages and abilities in art, athletics, employment, and social events that encourage respect and appreciation for each other’s differences. An inclusion program can have positive impacts on learning and development, as [...]

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