Research We Have Funded
What We Fund and How We Fund It
Open Grants and How to Apply
Research We Have Funded
Autism Speaks is funding 52 new biomedical research projects at a total value of over $15.2 million. The awards cover a broad spectrum of autism sciences, including cognition and sensory processing, diagnostic measures, epidemiology, genetics, language and communication, neurodevelopment, molecular biology, immunology, neuroimaging, neuropathology, physiology and treatment.
Three categories of grants are being funded:
2007 Pilot Grants
2007 Basic and Clinical Awards
2007 Treatment Grants
All grant applications were reviewed and approved by the Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Board. Final recommendations were presented to and approved by the Autism Speaks Board of Directors on June 11, 2007.
Funded Research by Year:
2007 Pilot Project and Young Investigator Grants (CAN)
2006 Research Grants (Autism Speaks – approved in December)
2006 Research Grants (Autism Speaks – approved in June)
2006 Grants Funded (CAN)
2005 Grants Funded (CAN)
2005 Research and Fellowship Awards (NAAR)
2005 Research Awards (NAAR) (PDF)
Dana Foundation Grants
2004 Grants Funded (CAN)
2004 Research and Fellowship Awards (NAAR)
2003 Grants Funded (CAN)
2003 Research Awards (NAAR)
2003 Training Programs (NAAR)
2003 Mentor-based Fellowships (NAAR)
2002 Grants Funded (CAN)
2002 Research Awards (NAAR)
2002 Collaborative Programs (NAAR)
2002 Mentor-based Fellowships (NAAR)
2001 Grants Funded (CAN)
2001 Awards (NAAR)
2000 Grants Funded (CAN)
2000 Awards (NAAR)
1999 Grants Funded (CAN)
1999 Awards (NAAR)
1998 Grants Funded (CAN)
1998 Awards (NAAR)
1997 Grants Funded(CAN)
1997 Awards (NAAR)
In addition to leveraging their AS/CAN/NAAR-funded studies to earn larger autism research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other sources, researchers funded by AS/CAN/NAAR have experienced significant success publishing their studies in numerous scientific journals and books. These publications play a key role in enhancing the scientific community’s understanding of autism spectrum disorders and elevating the caliber of the science.
Autism Speaks is proud to present this partial list of articles that have resulted from AS/CAN/NAAR-funded research from 1996 to 2007. The funded researchers are listed in bold.
More With Autism Speaks
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.