In This Issue
50th Anniversary Edition of "Infantile Autism" released
Prepare for Autism Awareness Month - launch a puzzle piece campaign
Autism.Jobs provides employment resources
Register for free Webinars: Visit the Online Learning Hub
Where ARI Stands on Biological Research in 2015
Succinct reviews of current ASD research
Content Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic
Photo Share Returns
Watch Free Webinar Recordings
Adult support course resumes
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Printable Flyer: CME for Medical Professionals

This activity - offered in joint providership by Cleveland Clinic and ARI - provides expert insight about behavioral improvement that can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical and neurological issues associated with ASD are addressed.

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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 March 25, 2015

Register and tune in for this webinar with V. Mark Durand,Ph.D.

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.  
Autism Awareness Month is Coming Up: Be Ready! Raise Awareness & Support Research That Makes a Difference - Order Your Free Kit Now

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.   

Project Success Stories:


I think it is an excellent idea to raise money for autism research that is not beholden to government, big corporations and pharmaceutical companies, organized medicine, or anyone else, but simply to the people of this country, many of whose families have been affected by autism.  I took these 50 puzzle pieces to the barber shop where I get my haircut and they had them all signed and sold in about two weeks. The owner said, "If you do this again next year, bring us 200 instead of 50." Every customer they asked was willing to contribute.     
Kathleen E.

I am a mother of a 4-year-old boy with autism. This project is such a great idea and we would like to support ARI to help fund research for biomedical treatments through selling puzzle pieces. We believe that autism is treatable and want to help support the cause!     
Parent, Jamaica, IA   
I am the mother of a beautiful 3-year-old boy named Nicky who has Autism. I am ready to do anything I can to help. My mother-in-law works in a Catholic high school of around 400 and almost everyone there knows my little Nick and I don't think I'd be surprised as to the generosity that will be put forth for the cause. Please, if there is anything else I can do that you know of to raise awareness and raise money for the cause let me know! Thank you so much for fighting for my son before he was even born!    

Bloomingdale IL

The reason I got involved with the million puzzle piece fundraiser is because my cousin Aaron is autistic. I'm just trying to help my cousin and the millions of other people and families affected by autism.  
Center Valley, PA

I went to the autism.com website when I was searching for information about autism for my research paper for an English class and happened to come to the article on the Million Puzzle Pieces. I first came in contact with autism when we found that one of my cousins was autistic many years ago. Since then, I've been paying much more attention to it by movies (such as Rain Man) and many books. I would like some puzzle pieces that will be available at my high school and other activities I am involved in.     

Marshalltown, IA 


ARI is Pleased to Announce a New Online Resource, Autism Jobs, The Autism Employment Resource Center


For Job Seekers, Families and Caregivers, Job Coaches and Employers 


Discover the advantages of hiring individuals with autism. Access practical information that helps candidates become "job ready" and helps employers create autism-friendly workplaces. This database is a searchable collection of autism employment resources with a wealth of practical advice. It includes links to a variety of resources including articles, videos, books and more. Guides highlight key steps in the employment process.  We hope you'll find this database helpful in matching job seekers and employers in ways that reward both. Learn more and visit Autism Jobs 

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.
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Dear ARI Subscriber,  

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) continues to make strides in providing relevant and up-to-date information to those on the spectrum, parents, and professionals worldwide. We recently uploaded to the Internet an Albanian version of our Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) and a Kindle e-book version, totaling 96 pages, of Dr. James Adams' paper titled Summary of Dietary, Nutritional Treatments for Autism -- based on more than 150 published research studies. We have also received very positive feedback regarding our new projects, an online employment portal, Autism.Jobs, and the leadership curriculum developed for adults on the spectrum.


FYI: ARI continues to support two major tissue banks including a brain tissue bank at the University of Maryland and a gastrointestinal bio-repository at Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital.


Autism Awareness Month is around the corner and if you plan to make a donation to support persons on the autism spectrum, we hope you will consider ARI. We are dedicated to following the research wherever it leads without influence and have received a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management - the highest rating an organization can get.


For those who had to deal with the frigid weather, remember, Spring is right around the corner.  


Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Research Institute 
Where ARI Stands On Biological Research

In 1943 Leo Kanner first used the term "autism" to describe a group of children who shared common behaviors, and twenty years later ARI's founder Bernard Rimland persuaded professionals to view these behaviors as a result of an underlying biological condition.


A great deal has been learned about autism in just the past ten years, and we are now much closer to uncovering the biological profile of individuals on the autism spectrum. Such findings will likely determine appropriate treatment strategies as well as develop ways to prevent those symptoms that interfere with an individual's quality of life. 


What are the major biological findings in autism?

Genetic research has found evidence of an interaction between genes and the environment, and environmental research has revealed many contributors associated with autism. Neurological research has documented changes in brain structure and growth, and medical research has reported chronic health problems in many, if not the majority, of these individuals.


What is the next major step forward?

Research is needed to quantify and qualify how known neurological structures associated with autism have been altered by the environment's impact on gene expression, both prenatally and postnatally. The age of the person and the type and duration of the environmental insult will almost certainly explain much of the heterogeneity of the autism spectrum with respect to differences in developmental history, communication style, cognitive processing, sensory responsiveness, physical health condition, and behavior.


The determination of one or more biological profiles can be accomplished by better networking among scientists in the field. We urge government and private funding agencies to encourage and financially support integrative, multi-disciplinary research on autism.



Last year Jessica Kingsley Publishers reprinted Dr. Rimland's seminal book, Infantile Autism, along with updates by experts in the field, on many important issues that were raised in his book.  Infantile Autism is available on Amazon.com and JKP.com.


Jessica Kingsley Publishers is planning to publish ARI's multi-disciplinary book on understanding and treating self-injurious behavior later this year; the book includes chapters written by researchers as well as experienced clinicians. 


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Subscribe to Autism Research Review International 

ARI has published a quarterly newsletter, the Autism Research Review International (ARRI), since 1987. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting the current developments in biomedical and educational research. 

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 (U.S. funds; $24 outside the U.S. - includes shipping). Each issue is sent via first class mail.


Keep up with the latest research updates - subscribe now through ARI's Autism Store on Amazon.com


Visit the ARRI archives to peruse a clickable, alphabetical article index of Autism Research Review International issues 1987 to 2006, Volumes 1 to 20.


Visit the online archives & subscribe  


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!    


Print and share the series flyer 

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

2015 Autism Research Institute 'Story in a Snapshot' Photo Share 


In 2012, we held a photo contest, and the response was overwhelming. Since then, we've continued to receive lovely photographs from families around the world. This month we hope you'll share your favorite photo of your loved one on the spectrum. When you do, we'll enter you in our drawing to win prizes in weekly drawings. Like us on Facebook, find us on Google+, or follow us on Twitter or Flipboard for more information and links to come. 


Seven lucky participants will win: A copy of Jon Pangborn's book, Nutritional Supplement Use for Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and a copy of Helen Landalf & artist Mark Rimland's book, The Secret Night World of Cats signed by Mark.

Weekly drawings for prizes - Bonus Prize Drawing April 30th (a $100 value): Win a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

Professional photos may be shared - be sure to contact the photographer or store where the photos were taken ahead of time for a release if copyrights apply.

Stay connected with ARI and follow the contest through social media for entry information and updates:

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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

Promoting Generalizable Social, Communication and Thinking
Nancy Minshew, M.D.

Ask the Nutritionist - Live Q&A

Environmental Toxins & Autism Spectrum Disorder
Healthy Pregnancy Preconception thru Post Natal Strategies
Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN
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

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

agi course
Scholarships Available: Online Continuing Education Resumes Soon
Starting Monday, April 6, 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 [email protected]

or call 1855HOULTON to learn about enrollment.   
Give now to support our work in 2015


Charity NavigatorAdvancing the research agenda while providing the latest science-based information for people of all ages on the autism spectrum is our focus at the Autism Research Institute. We do so through our annual think tank, in-person and online educational events and courses, free webinars, and by funding the studies that hold the most promise for making a difference in the lives of people with autism. Our urgent goal is to democratize access to the latest information for parents and professionals around the world through our efforts, made possible thanks to supporters like you.  Ready to give?  

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