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January 2015   


In This Issue
50th Anniversary Edition of "Infantile Autism" released
Register for free Webinars: Visit the Online Learning Hub
Support ARI with a Puzzle Piece Campaign
Content Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic
AGI Course Resumes January 26
ATEC Translators Needed
Watch Free Webinar Recordings
Join Our Mailing List

50th Anniversary Updated Edition of Bernard Rimland's Infantile Autism
With updates from some of the best-known names in the autism field, Bernard Rimland's seminal work on autism theory is now available for a new generation of readers in this anniversary edition of Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Development.

'Dr. Rimland is to be commended for presenting the first evidence that autism was a biological condition. When his book was published, he was a lone visionary.'
- from the foreword by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Bonus: ARI will be giving away one copy of this new book every month to an enews subscriber. 
Receive a Certificate of Participation after attending a free online webinar
You can receive a free Certificate of Attendance for select webinars. After the webinar, you simply click a link in your webinar confirmation email and complete a short, online knowledge-verification quiz. A printable certificate will be available immediately upon passing the test.

 Tune in February 4, 2015
Register and tune in for this webinar with Dana Godbout Laake, RHD, MS, LDN.

Flipboard Fans: Keep up with ARI on Your Personalized Page
Flipboard is an app that aggregates news, social media, feeds, and other content and presents it in a personalized magazine-like format. It is available for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire.

You can visit for more information on the features and functionality of the Flipboard app.     
Keep up with the latest research
A cornerstone of our mission at ARI is to stay abreast of the latest scientific research. Keep up-to-date with these two publications: 

Autism Research Review International
The latest findings are gleaned from a computer search of the 25,000 scientific and medical articles published every week. A one-year subscription is $20 (US funds; $24 outside the US). Each issue is sent via first class mail.
Clinical Research in ASD
In collaboration with the
Schafer Autism Report, the Autism Research Institute publishes a free quarterly e-newsletter titled "Clinical Research in Autism." It provides online links to up-to-date clinical research related to patient care, and is for pediatricians, nurses and obstetricians.
Order a Free Kit Now to Support Research That Makes a Difference 

puzzle pieces 

Launch your Puzzle Piece campaign today to promote autism awareness in your community & support ARI.  


It's so easy: we send you a free kit with everything you need - you simply pass it around the office, take it to local stores, or sell pieces at meetings and events.   

In Remembrance: Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless

Our very dear friend, Jaquelyn McCandless, M.D. passed away earlier this year. ARI has established a memorial research fund in honor of Dr. McCandless. One-hundred percent of the contributions to the fund will be earmarked for research studying interventions that were pioneered and/or supported by Dr. McCandless. You can make a donation on ARI's secure website by selecting "I want my donation credited to the Jaquelyn McCandless Autism Research Project (JMARP)" (located near the bottom of the webpage).  


Dear ARI Subscriber,  

I would first like to give a special "thank you" to those who contributed to the Autism Research Institute in 2014. We have many plans for this year, and we will keep our e-newsletter subscribers posted on our new initiatives and programs.


As mentioned in an e-blast earlier this month, Dr. Bernard Rimland's classic book titled, Infantile Autism, is now available. 


This edition marks the 50th anniversary of its initial publication. Besides commenting and hypothesizing on a number of important autism-related issues, this book changed the course of the autism field, from a non-empirical parent-blaming view to a science-based physiological perspective.  In addition to the original text, numerous autism experts provided updates on many of the topics raised by Dr. Rimland in his book; two chapters are about Dr. Rimland's son Mark, who was the inspiration for the book -- one was written by Mark's sister Helen, and the other one by me.  Readers will also get a glimpse of Dr. Rimland's style of logic as well as his subtle humor. 


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!


Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Research Institute 


View the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research and Medical Treatment Implications webcast series. Learn how behavioral improvement can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical and neurological issues associated with autism spectrum disorders are addressed.     


Many individuals with autism experience chronic physical discomfort, yet lack the ability to describe their medical problems - particularly in clinical settings. Clinicians who have the ability to identify symptoms and communicate with patients on the autism spectrum can dramatically improve patient care. Participate in the webcast series today!    


These activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

agi course
Scholarships Available: Online Continuing Education Resumes Next Week
Starting next Monday, January 26, ARI's Autistic Global Initiative and the Houlton Institute will launch the next session of an online course emphasizing foundational knowledge and competencies needed to support adults with autism in daily living settings. Participants will learn to develop an individualized portfolio of evidence-based supports and strategies for people with autism or related disabilities. The course is designed for families, support providers, and anyone in a support role.

The AGI Residential/Daily Living Course will be held exclusively online. The new curriculum, replete with tools you can implement immediately, was developed by the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), a division of the Autism Research Institute that builds new solutions for the growing number of adults with autism. Funded by a grant from Autism Speaks, the course is designed for parents and direct support providers; it allows them to work at their own pace, yet participate with fellow learners in an environment that is led by a professor.


Houlton faculty includes recipients of distinguished awards from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New York Academy of Science, and National Academies of Sciences, among others. The program faculty are highly experienced practitioners and scholars who have garnered prestigious book awards and research fellowships. View faculty list 


Cost of the program: $300 (12 modules)

There are also a limited number of scholarships available for those who qualify. Complete online scholarship application  


Have questions? Email

or call 1855HOULTON to learn about enrollment.   


ARI's Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) is a free assessment tool now available in 13 languages:


English, Chinese (simplified), Italian, Turkish, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, French, Serbian, Czech, and Estonian.


A major obstacle in autism research has been the lack of a valid means of measuring the effectiveness of various treatments. The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) was developed by Bernard Rimland and Stephen M. Edelson of the Autism Research Institute, to fill this need.  

ARI is grateful to the volunteers who have worked to translate the ATEC into these languages.  Do you speak a language that is missing?  Email [email protected] if you are able to contribute a new language translation to this ongoing project.
Did You Know ARI Records and Uploads Webinars?  Watch and Share These Informative Talks by Top Experts 

We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. Upcoming webinars, Past Webinars

Facilitating Community Think Tanks for Teams on the Autism Spectrum
Valerie Paradiz, PhD, & Chloe Rothschild

Strategies for Increasing Language and Communication*
Regan Roth Fitzgerald, MEd, BCBA

Selecting Supplements - Know the Source
V Kobliner, MS, RD
Gastrointestinal Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Serotonin as a Potential Brain-Gut Link
Kara Margolis, MD
Technology Updates: Gadgets for ASD 
Traci Sutton, MS, CCC-SLP

Sleep Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorders  
P. Gail Williams, MD

* Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development