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Autism Research Institute

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Autism Research Institute
Non-profit 501(c)3[1]
Founded 1967[2]
Founder Bernard Rimland[3]
San Diego, CA[1]


United States[1]
Key people
Stephen M. Edelson, Director[4]
Services Online education, phone support, research grants, Autistic Global Initiative
Revenue $1,754,803 (2012)[5]

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is an organization that created a controversial program, Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!), in 1995.[6] ARI was founded in 1967 by Bernard Rimland.

Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!)[edit]

DAN! advocated for alternative treatments for autism and maintained a registry of doctors that were trained by the program to perform them.[7] DAN! was one of the more prominent advocates for the now discredited belief that vaccines may be a cause of autism.[2] Its “highest rated” autism treatment was chelation therapy, which involves removing heavy metals from the body.[7] Its chelation treatment was not supported by mainstream doctors.[8] Doctors told the Chicago Tribune the treatments were dangerous and that misleading tests were used to show that those with autism had a high rate of heavy metals.[7] According to the Chicago Tribune, metals occur naturally in the body and very little is known about what a normal range is.[7] As of 2009, three-fourths of families with a child diagnosed with autism will try an alternative treatment like those that were prescribed by DAN!.[7]

ARI’s director said in 2011 that the organization’s views on autism treatments had changed.[6] The DAN! program and doctor registry was discontinued in January 2011,[9] which was followed by the disbanding of the DAN! conference in 2012.[10][11]

Source: Autism Research Institute – Wikipedia

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