About Our Foundation

The Autism Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Margaret L. Bauman that responds to the changing needs of the autism community through neurobiology research, education, family life resources, and social inclusion programs. We are an internationally respected research foundation based in Boston. We believe individuals with autism contribute great talents to our communities, and they deserve the same opportunities at a great quality of life within these communities.

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Inspired Volunteers


Motivated Professionals


People with Autism Served


Educated Citizens

Your Donations Help Us To

Advance our understanding

Multidisciplinary collaboration is key to learning about a complex disorder like autism.

Develop effective interventions

Long-term research will create strategies that both maximize and minimize symptoms of ASDs.

Produce educational resources

Accessible and affordable information via our website, clinic and research sites & annual conferences.

Host social inclusion programs

Free activities led by our trained volunteers in sports, art and employment.

  • I became a member of The Autism Research Foundation to help create equality for those who have autism. Autism is a widely misunderstood disorder and by spreading awareness and knowledge, I am confident we can change lives everywhere. Currently, I am preparing for a career in Speech-Language Pathology, so that I can help get that conversation started both in and outside of the clinic.

    Grace B. Grace B.
  • "Inclusion is so important to our kids. I think that people assume if you have a disability, of any kind, you do not have anything to offer the world. Our kids have so much to offer... I applaud you for getting kids involved and including them in something that they may otherwise not be a part of."

    Megan's Mom, Rhode Island
  • We wanted to use our life's goal of walking across the country to help kids with special needs cross their own boundaries through the Athletes 4 Autism program, so we created our own donation page to share our story with friends in one easy-to-access place. They follow our progress, share our story, and encourage others to do the same all through social media. Donations have since tripled, meaning we are helping Athletes 4 Autism 3x more than we ever thought we would. Amazing!

    Dan and Mary Beth Reardon Dan and Mary Beth Reardon, Walking Across America for Autism