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Simons Foundation Partners with Interactive Autism Network to Advance Research

Date Published: 
August 27, 2015

The Interactive Autism Network and the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) have announced a partnership to advance and expand internet-mediated autism research. This powerful collaboration centers upon a shared vision to grow, support and engage communities of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families in an online environment designed to accelerate ASD research.

IAN Research provides a secure online setting that connects researchers with more than 50,000 individuals with ASD and their family members for participation in autism research. IAN Community is also home to a comprehensive online library and meeting place focused on ASD research.

The Simons Foundation’s two-year, $2.18 million funding commitment makes it possible for IAN to continue the important work it has undertaken in partnership with the ASD community for nearly a decade, while also expanding to accomplish important goals.

“By partnering with the Simons Foundation, we strengthen our collective effort to bring individuals with ASD, families, service providers and researchers together to develop better ways to improve the lives of those living with this disorder,” says Paul Lipkin, M.D., IAN Director. “We can now expand our ability to explore concerns across the lifespan of those with autism, ensuring that we are tackling issues that address the needs of individuals of all ages, from the newly diagnosed to the teenage years to adulthood.”