How You Benefit
Our research and activities address many of the autism community’s priorities
We have some idea of what these are because over 1200 people completed a survey in 2015 in which they outlined and ranked their 25 top priorities for research. We cannot address all of these priorities in one research programme, but our reserach does align with 13 of the top 25. These 13 top priorities cover 8 key areas and we show how we address each of these in the table below.
We recognise that these priorities were produced from a study based in the United Kingdom. We will be exploring how to gather more information about the priorities of the autism community across Europe.
Our studies that address this priority
Causes of autism
Communication and language
Diagnosis of adults
In this table, we link to specific research studies that are each part of the broader themes listed on the Our Research page.
In addition to the survey from which we sourced the priorities listed in the table above, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom states that “reducing the gap in life expectancy” is their top priority for autism research. Our research programme address this through a study that explores development in children and adults. This study has a focus on epilepsy, which is a key reason for reduced life expectancy in autism.