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Autism Speaks launches research partnerships with Albania and Ireland
Date:4/1/2009

rly detection and intervention. As partners in the GAPH-Albania Initiative, the ACF and Autism Speaks have agreed to work together to develop sustainable programmatic solutions that will ensure comprehensive and appropriate services for Albanian children with autism and their families. The first step is to collect data which will inform public health policy and be applied to enhance the capacity and expertise of the Albanian autism clinical and scientific communities, and develop advocacy and information programs to raise public and professional awareness in Albania. Dr. Liri Berisha, wife of the Prime Minister of Albania, expressed her support saying "The partnership between the Albanian Children Foundation and Autism Speaks is an important milestone for and highly welcome by the community of families affected by autism, the professional community and the Albanian society overall."

"The ACF has provided real benefits to the lives of children and families in Albania and formed strong international collaborations to achieve their mission of providing help to children in need," said Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., chief science officer of Autism Speaks. "The goal of the collaboration is to establish a sustainable autism public health program to benefit Albanian children and families in need."

In Ireland, Autism Speaks announced an agreement with Irish Autism Action (IAA) to form an advisory committee which intends to facilitate the development of a GAPH partnership. The committee will be comprised of representatives from IAA, Autism Speaks, members of the Irish autism stakeholder community and expert researchers from Ireland and abroad.

"IAA has made major strides since its launch in 2001," said Dr. Dawson. "They are advancing the rights of people with autism nationwide, as well as supporting diagnosis and education. A GAPH-Ireland Initiative will assist them in their new focus on autism research and training."

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