Advances for Autism Challenge

This campaign ended on April 11, 2018, but you can still make a gift to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by clicking here!

The autism team at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is dedicated to bringing real-world solutions to children with autism. Unfortunately, funding has ended for one of our most successful projects. We’re committed to continuing this work, though, and that’s why we need your help.

Parents and teachers want the best for children with autism, but they haven’t always had easy access to practices that are based on evidence. Instead, they’ve often had to resort to web searches that generate thousands of results, without discerning between interventions with and without research supporting their effectiveness.

We screened 29,000 articles on autism and synthesized the research down to 27 evidence-based practices. Then we developed free online training, called AFIRM, which shows each of these evidence-based practices in action.

The response has been phenomenal. In less than three years, our online training modules have generated 4 million page views.

Teachers who use these evidence-based practices in their classrooms see students making substantial gains in short amounts of time, constantly exceeding expectations. Families even tout the success of these practices in helping children develop new friendships—a significant concern for parents of children with autism.

More than ever, teachers and families are counting on us to update and expand our work. With additional funding, we will do just that—identify new evidence-based practices, include interventions for adults with autism, and develop more free training modules.

Help us continue to deliver real-world solutions for children with autism. Be part of the solution. Give now.



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Ruth Schallert
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