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Interactive Autism Network opens its doors to adults with autism
Date:4/2/2009

The IAN Project is also unveiling a new look for its online community, which with its unique model of information exchange and community interaction has facilitated the most comprehensive collection of evidence-based information on autism available to parents on the Web to date. The new design allows users to more easily navigate through the site, and highlights the depth of resources available to the autism community. From the community homepage, users can quickly see the most recent research articles written by prominent autism experts, the latest autism news and what discussions are currently taking place in the community forums.

"We're proud of the trusted, comprehensive resource we have created for the autism community. Because of the volume of participation in the site it became important to redesign the interface to make the wealth of information available through the IAN Project more accessible. The enhanced site will make it easier for stakeholders in the autism community to locate resources and connect with others affected by autism," said Dr. Law.

Additionally, the IAN Project continues to generate new insights into autism and shed light on issues of critical importance to the autism community. Research highlights from 2008 include:

  • Defining the Spectrum: Having meaningful autism spectrum diagnostic categories is essential to treatments and research. On March 18, 2009, the IAN Project published a paper in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders that described the varied pattern of autism diagnosis across the country and over time (1994-2007). This information is being used by scientists to better define the best way to diagnose autism. Better autism diagnoses will lead to better treatments and more finely tuned research.

  • Parental Depression: More than 44 percent of mothers and 28 percent of fathers of children with autism report they have been professionally diagnosed with either dep
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Contact: Megan Lustig
mlustig@spectrumscience.com
202-955-6222
Kennedy Krieger Institute
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