On World Autism Awareness Day, IACC Releases 2010 Summary of Advances in ASD Research

April 4, 2011

Website Link  http://iacc.hhs.gov/news/news_updates/2011/news_2010_summary_of_advances.shtml

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, the IACC has released its list of the top twenty scientific advances in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research for 2010. The selected articles include new ways to understand ASD using cellular models and high-tech imaging techniques, studies uncovering new genetic risk factors and novel ways to diagnose ASD using speech patterns, and the first intervention proven to be effective for toddlers. The selections also include an evaluation of currently-used interventions and treatment models and an assessment of whether early intervention programs can meet the increasing demand for services.

World Autism Awareness Day was established by the United Nations in 2007 to bring global attention to ASD and highlight the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. ASD is a developmental disorder that leads to difficulty with social interaction and communication skills and may include repetitive behaviors or interests. It affects about one percent of children in the United States and an estimated millions more internationally. The scientific discoveries described in the Summary of Advances represent significant steps forward in understanding ASD and improving quality of life for individuals and families affected by the disorder.