Autistica’s mission is to make a positive impact on the lives of people with autism and their families, through funding and promoting ground-breaking medical research to improve understanding, and advance new therapies and interventions.
Autistica works in close partnership with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, so that research is focused on their most vital needs. It is through consultation with individuals on the spectrum, parents and professionals that we have developed our new five year Research Strategy (2015-20), with a set of guiding principles and three key areas of research focus:
This is an exciting time in autism research and significant advances have been made in the last ten years. There is an urgent need to harness the strength and diversity of the UK research environment to benefit all those living with autism. Together we can make a real and lasting difference.
The guiding principles for our research
During our consultation we heard that there were key guiding principles that were important for the charity and our researchers to consider:
Bringing research to individuals on the autism spectrum and families
Autistica realises the importance of supporting projects and allowing individuals and families the opportunity to take part. We fund the Autism Spectrum Database – UK, Database of children with ASD living in the North East (DASLnE) and the Adult Autism Spectrum Cohort Autism. These databases allow recruitment into projects and for information on research to be fed directly back to individuals and families. These resources also allow us a mechanism to test and disseminate new interventions and tools.