January 2016 


In This Issue
UC Davis Video Draws Focus to Envirornmental Factors
Autism.Jobs provides employment resources
ARI's Scientific Advisory Board
Register for Free Self-Injury Webinar
Complimentary CME in Joint Providership with Cleveland Clinic
Watch Free Webinar Recordings
Join Our Mailing List
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.

Print flyer (.pdf)

New Video Underscores Environmental Factors    

Researchers at the University California Davis Center for Children's Environmental Health released a video online this month highlighting the role of the environment as a risk factor for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Watch Now   

Gift Idea:
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.
Free Support Videos: Blood Draws, Easing Anxiety 

Medical visits can be stressful for anyone. Individuals with autism often face extra challenges during procedures like physical examinations and blood draws due to difficulty communicating about the symptoms they are experiencing and the sensory issues that can occur in the clinical setting. Print and share the video series flyer.   


The fear and anxiety felt during medical procedures by those with autism can also be stressful for caregivers and medical professionals administering treatment. This video series was developed by treatment professionals at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development.  


Watch and share these brief helpful videos to prepare for medical visits. 


Social Story: Today I Am Having a Blood Draw
Social Story: Today I Am Having a Blood Draw


Caregiver Strategies: Positioning for Comfort
Caregiver Strategies: Positioning for Comfort
Easing Anxiety: Medical Play
Easing Anxiety: Medical Play


AutismJobs 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.
ARI SAB: Research that Makes a Difference
ARI's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) provides informed support and direction for our research initiatives. Dr. Stephen M. Edelson leads the group, assembling thought leaders in the medical and scientific community in order to further ARI's ongoing commitment to research that makes a difference.
Learn more

We know you'll be hearing from many worthy charities launching year-end giving campaigns in the weeks to come, and we hope you'll include ARI on your list.  As part of our commitment to following the science wherever it leads, ARI does not seek or accept sponsorships or donations from special-interest groups, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies or the government.

Ready to support ARI's research that makes a difference in 2016?
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Dear ARI Subscriber,  

As the new year begins, I'm extending my deep gratitude for the widespread support from the autism community. Today, as we begin our work in 2016, ARI continues to be on the forefront of autism thanks to your appreciation for the unique role we serve. This year we will continue our commitment to follow the science wherever it leads in our pursuit of research that makes a difference.

The trust and support of this community continues to grant us the opportunity to conduct and fund much-needed research while disseminating trusted information to the autism community.   
Throughout 2015, we met many extraordinary people in every segment of the autism community worldwide including those on the spectrum, their family members, practitioners, and researchers. We stand up and applaud everyone's efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone associated with autism.  We are all in it together.

ARI's staff and I wish you and your family many positive highlights this year! 

Steve Edelson, Ph.D.

Director, Autism Research Institute 

The Autism Research Institute's Approach

We continue to gain insight into the many aspects of autism from research studies and from individuals on the spectrum. The more we know about autism, the more we realize that we need to expand how we think about and treat these individuals. It's been a long-held commitment at the Autism Research Institute (ARI) that, along with identifying what can be done, we must also consider with great care what should be done to aid those on the autism spectrum. Fifty years ago we were among very few voices seriously talking about autism; today, many more contemplate what it means to treat - or strive to treat - persons with autism, especially as it is now recognized to be a very common condition. But, despite increased interest in research and clinical care, there are great gaps in our knowledge of the causes and care for persons with autism. An understanding of autism and the development and provision of appropriate care for affected individuals and their families is, in our view, one of the central challenges of contemporary medicine.

ARI's nearly fifty-year history of research and advocacy has placed us in a unique position in several important regards: (1) to fund particularly innovative basic and clinical research efforts with the potential for high impact; (2) to support outstanding clinical programs; (3) to develop and make widely available educational materials regarding diverse aspects of autism; and (4) to facilitate communication on all aspects of autism between individuals with autism, families, clinicians, researchers, and policy makers.

Learn more about ARI:
Free Webinar Next Wednesday, January 6th:  Self-Injurious Behavior and Autism

Join Dr. Lauren Moskowitz as she shares strategies for developing individualized intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders who are also engaging in self-injury.
Registration is free but space is limited.  

No continuing education credits are available for this particular talk, but attendees can receive a free Certificate of Attendance. 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.   
See more upcoming talks
Tell us what talks you'd like to see in 2016  
Starting January 11th: AGI's Building-Independence-for-Living Training
Starting soon: the Autistic Global Initiative and the Houlton Institute's online course emphasizing foundational knowledge and competencies needed to support adults with autism in daily living settings. The program includes lectures, videos, moderated discussions, activities, chat rooms, reading activities and more--all at your own pace.

This course enables learners to engage with autism--either as a supporter or as an individual on the spectrum--in their attempt to gain an appreciation of its complexities using evidence-based tools and practices.  
When? Next session starts Monday, January 11th 

Format: 12-session, instructor-led, self-paced online course with 24/7 technical support.  

  • Program cost is $299
  • Continuing education units (1.2 CEU through Oregon State University): add $45
  • There are a limited number of scholarships available - apply online 
  • Sensory Regulation
  • Communication
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Sexuality
  • Safety
  • Health and Wellness
  • Transportation
(855) 468-5866  


Survey Takers Needed for Study On Healthcare Experiences for People with ASD and Practitioners 
The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development is conducting some surveys for practitioners, parents and individuals on the spectrum.  Click the titles below to participate.

Survey for Healthcare Providers: The goal of this survey is to gain better understanding of the experiences, knowledge, supports, and challenges that providers may encounter when supporting patients with autism. This information will allow us to provide more accurate and relevant training and support materials to healthcare providers.
Survey for Individuals with ASD: This survey has been designed to learn about the healthcare experiences of people with an autism diagnosis. For healthcare providers and services to improve, it is important to hear the experiences of  patients and, if applicable, their caregivers. The information provided here will help inform trainings and materials provided to healthcare professionals so that the experience of the patient is the top priority.
Caregiver Survey: This survey has been designed to learn about the healthcare experiences of people with an autism diagnosis. For healthcare providers and services to improve, it is important to hear the thoughts of their caregivers. The information provided here will help inform training and materials provided to healthcare professionals so that the perspective and experience of the patient is the top priority.


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™.

Did You Know ARI Records and Uploads Webinars?  Watch and Share Free 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

Sensory Processing and Autism

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Gestational Influences
Judy Van de Water, PhD

Ask the Nutritionist: Live Q&A with Dietitian
Vicki Kobliner, MS, RDN

Implementing Dairy Free SCD for Individuals with Autism 

P. Ferro, RN & R Prasad

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