Goal:  Unite scientists with the autism community in order to enhance public understanding of autism research

The rapidly rising prevalence of autism has led to saturation of news outlets with autism stories, often with conflicting information. To empower affected families with scientific knowledge, we recently released Autism Reading Room, an online resource designed to enhance public understanding of autism research.

Our inaugural Autism Reading Room Forum aimed to unite autism researchers with families, service providers and clinicians to promote communication among these largely segregated branches of the autism community. Such discussion is envisioned to guide policy makers to make informed decisions about issues which affect families across the globe.

In this rising new era of personalized medicine, scientific outreach will assist families in making educated choices about clinical treatment options.