Autism Science Foundation relaunches website

19 Sep

The Autism Science Foundation has relaunched their website with a new look and much more content. The press release is below, and includes links to some of the main pages.

The site keeps the basic style of the original, but at the same time has gone through a major rework.

(September 19, 2011—New York, NY)— The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, announced today that it has re-launched its website as an enhanced, interactive resource for parents, individuals with autism, teachers, scientists and other autism stakeholders.

The website is the central distribution point for the latest in autism science and research. The site features:

Leading autism research broken down by year
In-depth interviews with noted scientists and promising autism researchers
A daily round-up of news about autism from major press and high impact blogs
Details about ASF funding opportunities for scientists and other stakeholders
Explanation of evidence-based treatments for autism
Information about the early warning signs of autism and autism diagnosis
Links to studies looking at vaccination and autism

Over the next few weeks, ASF’s team will be adding more features to the site including autism research sorted by topic area and a section about autism research studies seeking participants.

“It’s crucial that families, educators and scientists have access to up-to-date information that they know has been peer-reviewed or vetted by ASF’s Scientific Advisory Board,” said ASF co-founder Karen London. “Since ASF’s inception in 2009, we have aimed to be a central and trusted source of rigorous science information for the autism community.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer the autism community a broad and deep source of evidence-based information that integrates more interactive features and that reorganizes information to make it more useful and easier to find, in response to community feedback,” said Jonathan Carter, ASF’s operations manager. “The site offers ways for everyone who has a connection to autism to get involved in this important issue.”

ASF began funding research grants in 2009, its first year of operations, and has increased its funding levels each year. Since 2009, it has funded nearly half a million dollars in research grants. The organization was recently named the number one startup nonprofit in the “Disabilities” category by Philanthropedia/Guidestar.

ASF is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make a donation visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org.

Note that I occasionally write for the ASF blog.

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10 Responses to “Autism Science Foundation relaunches website”

  1. Harold L Doherty September 20, 2011 at 06:18 #

    Will it become a full autism information site or will it remain primarily a site to promote vaccine use?

    • Sullivan September 20, 2011 at 21:49 #

      Harold L Doherty,

      why don’t you tell us? Follow the link and tell us what you think.

      My guess is that you have. Given that the site has the vast majority of the content on non-vaccine related issues, my guess is further that you are unable to make a substantive comment that is satisfactory to you given your own bias.

  2. Andrew September 21, 2011 at 00:56 #

    >Will it become a full autism information site or will it remain >primarily a site to promote vaccine use?

    Harold: Although you’re correct that refuting the anti-vaxxers who are exploiting the autism community is important, there are myriad other autism science issues that are worth investigation.

  3. Harold L Doherty September 22, 2011 at 11:56 #

    Sullivan I applaud you for noting your bias – that you write for the “Autism” “Science” Foundation.

  4. stanley seigler September 23, 2011 at 17:15 #

    LBRB,

    message sent not posted…pls advise

    stanley seigler

    message not posted:

    [sullivan say] Harold L Doherty, could you explain why you put quotes around “Autism” “Science” for me?

    COMMENT
    opine: no autism intervention has solid scientific evidence behind it…eg, ABA.

    re: scientific proof…there is a recent article saying: “CERN has detected neutrinos moving at superluminal speed. Which isn’t supposed to be possible. In fact, it’s against the law…”

    dont get the “nuances/digs” in this discussion…but have questions…

    [ASF say] We just don’t know where the perfect solution for autism will come from. We need a wide diversity of science to fully understand the complexities of autism. Many studies go underfunded and uncompleted. ASF is here to make sure that science is accomplished and answers are found. [end say]

    is there research (ASF or otherwise) re the innate ability (autism intelligence) many on the spectrum have to learn without formal education…

    there are anecdotes…eg: one non verbal speaking at age 50; some miraculously (not FC related) typing coherent prose and poetry; and the independent “talking typewriter” (circa 1960s) where those condemned to an institution, just sat down, first typed words, then sentences, feelings, stories…

    hard to understand why these anecdotes have not peaked the interest of scientific research.

    how prevalent is this phenomenon…are there ways to surface this ability…

    i am reminded of “awakenings”…ie, there is a child/friend imprisoned in there…it’s not just parent hope.

    any links to research projects, published studies, etc, appreciated…

    opine: it would be a major break through if the miraculous emergence of communications (verbal or typed) became a common occurrence.

    beside published research…what am i missing…

    stanley seigler

  5. newthinker September 25, 2011 at 12:00 #

    Sullivan, my own suggestion as to why someone might put “science” in quotes is as follows. Some people are in the science business in order to advance knowledge, solve problems and provide solutions. They tend to be unpaid “amateurs”. Too many others are only in the science business to develop their careers, defend institutional interests, and if necessary impede and reverse the advancement of knowledge, falsely discrediting honest understandings and falsely discrediting the most helpful treatments.

  6. Science Mom September 25, 2011 at 15:37 #

    Some people are in the science business in order to advance knowledge, solve problems and provide solutions. They tend to be unpaid “amateurs”.

    How curious. Who are these unpaid amateurs who are so much more talented and devoted than professional scientists? I daresay, you have never stepped in a university. What helpful treatments are discredited?

  7. Chris September 25, 2011 at 19:34 #

    Science Mom:

    Who are these unpaid amateurs who are so much more talented and devoted than professional scientists?

    Blaxill and Olmsted? 😉

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