Although there is currently no cure for autism, treatment DOES work. Help us provide comprehensive resources worldwide so families can pursue a better quality of life for their loved ones with autism and practitioners can provide life-changing treatment.
Since 2007, when autism was designated a national public health crisis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children diagnosed with autism has continued to increase at a staggering rate. Today, one in every 54 children in the U.S. has an autism diagnosis.
While there is still no known cause or cure, scientists are learning more about autism every day. Unfortunately, there is a tremendous amount of confusing, and often conflicting, information coming from the media and the Internet.
At the National Autism Center, we are dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with autism by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, educators, and practitioners.
The National Standards Project was designed to give educators, parents, practitioners, and organizations the information and resources the need to make informed choices about effective interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The primary goal of this newest phase of the National Standards Project is to provide updated information about which interventions have been shown to be effective for individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan. Phase 3 will include all previous literature from Phases 1(released in 2009) and 2 (released in 2015) of the Project, as well as all new research conducted through 2018. The report will be released in 2021 by the National Autism Center at May Institute.