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Featured Story


Autistica’s Discover Network

December 17, 2018

The Hippocratic Post

By Dame Stephanie Shirley


Autism research is slow and expensive. And there’s no guarantee that it will produce anything useful. But it’s the only long-term potential solution to solving autism.

Autistica’s Discover is a virtual online network, the first network for interested parties to learn about or take part in research studies and surveys.  The volunteer group is designed for those on the autistic spectrum themselves and their families and caretakers, and for non-profit organizations such as care providers and special schools.  Autistica is targeting a membership of 20,000 by 2021, and is especially interested in members aged 35-45, diagnosed as being autistic before the age of 30.

Members will have the opportunity to receive research updates or elect to participate in surveys or advisory groups, trial new therapies or test new apps.

It is the first national network for interested parties to learn about the latest findings and to help shape or take part in research studies and surveys. Non-profit organizations such including care providers and special schools are also included. This volunteer group of those directly involved with autism has a target of 20,000 members by 2021.

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