Organization and Bylaws


The Autism Research Foundation is organized for the purpose of conducting, promoting, and providing research, education, and support in autism and related and allied fields.


The primary and initial goals of The Autism Research Foundation include, but are not limited to:

  • Promoting scientific research in autism as to etiology, prevention, and treatment;
  • Educating professionals involved in the research, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of autism;
  • Establishing and operating a resource library for professional use;
  • Engaging in the above activities in related fields such as mental health disorders, behavior, and the basic neurological sciences;
  • Educating parents and teachers, particularly in regard to the need for organ and clinical material;
  • Improving public awareness of the problems of autism and related disorders.

Board of Directors

The Autism Research Foundation will be controlled and governed by the board of directors.

The number of members on the board will be at least three (3), and by resolution, may increase the number and manner by which additional board members are nominated and appointed.

The board of directors shall determine the length of the terms of each member.

An annual meeting will be scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of each September at a time and location determined by members. At least 2/3 of members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the board.

Board members shall not receive an salaries for their services on the board, but members of the board shall not be precluded from serving the corporation in any other capacity and receiving reasonable compensation.

Any vacancy occuring in the board of directors shall be filled by the board of directors. A board member elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor in office.


The Autism Research Foundation will have officers: chairman, treasurer and secretary of the board of directors, and such other officers as may be elected in accordance with the Articles.

Officers will be elected annually at the annual meeting. Each officer holds office until a successor has been elected and qualified.

If a vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, disqualification, or otherwise occurs, this vacancy may be filled by the board of directors for the unexpired portion of the term.

Chairman: The chairman shall preside at all meetings of the board of directors. The chairman, or any other proper officer of the corporation authorized by the board of directors, may sign any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments which the board of directors has authorized to be executed. The chairman shall perform all duties incident to the office of chairman and such other duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors from time to time.

Treasurer: The treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the corporation; receive and give receipt for moneys due and payable to the corporation from any source whatsoever; and deposit all such monies in the name of the corporation in such banks, trusts, companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the board of directors; and in general perform all of the duties incident to the office of treasurer or as assigned by the board.

Secretary: The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the board of directors; ensure that all notices are given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; be custodian of the corporate records and the seal of the corporation; and in general perform all such duties as may be assigned by the board.

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