Autism register funded with $1.2 million grant
August 26, 2013
Autism is something that affects millions of individuals around the world. Paying for treatments, special diets, therapists, academic facilities and other expenses is something that can cripple families financially. Researchers are still searching for cures and new treatment plans.
The Simons Foundation recently announced that it gave the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) a $1.2 million grant to create a confidential register for those affected by autism. This way, people with the condition, as well as their families, will find it easier to tap into state-funded services.
"This effort will link families and researchers to spur important and innovative research on the causes and treatments for individuals with autism and related conditions," explained RI-CART Co-Director Stephen Sheinkopf.
This initiative should also make it easier for those with autism spectrum disorders and their families to use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, which helps recognize and diagnose symptoms.
The Simons Foundation has been on the cutting edge of funding autism-centered nonprofits since its inception in 2005. The group's ultimate goal is to improve both treatments and diagnosing.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.