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Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
June 2016 Research News & Updates
Last month Jessica Kingsley Publishers released the book Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism, edited by ARI's Managing Director and Board Member Jane Botsford Johnson and me. This is the first multi-disciplinary book focused on a difficult-to-manage and challenging behavior. Approaches discussed in the book include addressing medical, biomedical, immunological, gastrointestinal, nutritional, sensory, and behavioral issues. Many professionals on ARI's Scientific Advisory Board contributed to the book; and ARI's Board Chair, Dr. Paul Hardy, wrote an insightful chapter on neuropsychiatry and self-injury. Learn more about the book.
We often field questions about the scientific think tanks we conduct and the research we fund. I hope you will take a moment to read about the researchers we support and the exciting work we fund on our website's listing of ARI-funded autism research grants dating back nearly a decade. We would like to thank those donors who have contributed to ARI, allowing us to support important, cutting-edge research. As Dr. Bernard Rimland would often say, "ARI funds research that makes a difference!"
Starting June 1, Charity Navigator -- an influential charity assessment website offering ratings on more than 8,000 charities -- is implementing a new rating methodology developed in consultation with industry leaders, academics, charity representatives, donors and others. We are proud to share that the Autism Research Institute has again received the highest, four-star rating for fiscal management, accountability, and transparency. 
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Happening Now at ARI
Charity Navigator Raises Standards, Gives ARI Top Marks
Earlier today, Charity Navigator released a new, upgraded version of its ratings and gave ARI "Four Stars" - its highest mark - for exceeding industry standards and outperforming most charities. We are proud to be recognized for good governance and other best practices. 
Learn More about CN's Review of ARI   
New Book Edited By ARI Directors Addresses Self-Injury
With contributions from the leading experts in research and treatment, Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior provides a comprehensive analysis of this poorly understood behavior in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related developmental disabilities, and the different methods available to treat them.

Learn More and Buy the Book  
Law Enforcement and ASD - ARI Board Member Kimberly Taylor, JD to Present June Webinar

Individuals with autism encounter situations in which they need to talk to or deal with first responders and law enforcement professionals. Learn about the issues that can arise and strategies for preparing individuals with ASD for situations that may occur. 

Learn More and Register for Free   
Autism Research News & Updates
Brain levels of vitamin B12 low in autism, schizophrenia
Individuals with autism or schizophrenia have unusually low brain levels of vitamin B12, according to a new study.

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Shank3-related autism reversed in mouse model
About one percent of individuals with autism have a mutation or deletion involving a gene called Shank3.

Read More 
The research articles above also appear in the current issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Free Online Continuing Medical Education & Credits for Physicians
Autism & sleep disorders, Temple Grandin on communicating compassionately in medical settings - Watch CME Webcasts

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

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 6.00 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  
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Medical Talks - Translations
Selected Medical Talks now Online in Portuguese and Spanish - Free Certificates of Participation are Provided

As part of our effort to support families and individuals worldwide, we have begun translating the series developed in joint providership with Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Watch and share translations in Spanish and Portuguese
Online Learning for Parents and Caregivers
Upcoming Free Webinars
Watch and share free lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics. 
  • June 2nd: Understanding DSM-V*
  • June 8th: Law Enforcement
  • June 15th: Prenatal Care
  • June 16th: Effects of Medical Experiences on Child Development*
  • June 29th: Sleep Issues in ASD
* We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. - this month's DSM-V and Effects of Medical Experiences webinars are presented by The Johnson Center.
Did you know about the online course for supporting those with autism?

BILT is an instructor-led, self-paced online course that will help people who support those with autism, including families as well as Direct Support Providers in private homes, group residential settings, assisted living, agricultural, and intentional communities. Course participants learn approaches and methods to build independence for living. The course starts May 16th. Limited scholarships are available here. Questions can be sent to [email protected]

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Stream past ARI webinars for free online

Watch and share free lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics. We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year.  

Watch past webinars & register for future talks
Participate in Research
Seniors with ASD:
Survey Takers Needed

If you or a person you care for is on the autism spectrum and is 50 years of age or older, we would appreciate it if you could complete the online form.

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Researchers at Arizona State University are conducting a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism, including medications, nutritional supplements, diets, therapies, and education. The investigators hope to learn which treatments are most effective for different symptoms (language, anxiety, sleep, GI, etc.).  Survey results will be posted online for families and clinicians, and published in a scientific journal.

Share your experiences - take the survey
April, Autism Awareness Month, is over.  At ARI, advocacy, education, research, and webinars for parents, individuals with autism, and physicians continues year round.  It's never too late to give!     
Ready to support ARI's research that makes a difference in 2016?

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