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Autism Science Foundation Launches Operations; New Advocacy Group Will Focus on Non-vaccine-related Autism Research
Date:4/18/2009

said they needed an organization they could trust to fund nothing but the very best science; science that would open new doors and ask questions that have not yet been answered. That's what we'll do at the Autism Science Foundation."

ASF's mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization will also provide information about autism to the general public and will serve to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

"This organization will adhere to the rigorous scientific standards and values that defined NAAR during its 12 year, pre-merger history," said London. "Outstanding research is the greatest gift we can offer our families. Every research dollar needs to count." Founded in 1994, NAAR was the first nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to advancing autism research. In 2006, NAAR merged with Autism Speaks.

The Autism Science Foundation's mission is premised on the following facts and principles:

  • Autism is known to have a strong genetic component. Research must aim to discover the mechanisms of action that trigger autism, as well as safe, effective and novel treatments to enhance the quality of life for children and adults currently affected.
  • Early diagnosis and early intervention are critical to helping people with autism reach their potential, but educational, vocational and support services must be applied across the lifespan. Science has a critical role to play in creating evidence-based, effective lifespan interventions.
  • Vaccines save lives; they do not cause autism. Numerous studies have failed to show a causal link between vaccines and autism.
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