Collection Spotlight from the National Rehabilitation Information Center

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has released a report detailing the remarkable advances in autism research inrecentyears. The report is being touted as the most comprehensive summary of trends in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) research, including gaps and improvements. The report is set to have a major impact on autism research and even set new criteria for diagnosing autism.

Upon the President’s signing of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) in September 2011, the IACC’s first plan of action was to update on the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorders Research. During its first official meeting in July 2012, the IACC developed a timeline and strategy guide to establish specific objectives in an attempt to answer questions that still remain unanswered about ASD. These objectives include: screening and diagnosis, the underlying biology of ASD, risk factors, treatments and interventions, services, lifespan issues, and surveillance and…

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