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“Medicine, psychology, education, and other fields of study are consistently coming to the same conclusion — evidence-based practice is critical for effective treatment and care.”

—Dr. Susan M. Wilczynski
Professional Advisory Board Member,
National Autism Center

About the Center

The National Autism Center is May Institute’s center for the promotion of evidence-based practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities.

In 2009, the National Autism Center completed an unprecedented multi-year project — the National Standards Project — to establish a set of standards for effective, research-validated educational and behavioral interventions for children on the spectrum. These standards identify treatments that effectively target the core symptoms of ASD. The resulting National Standards Report is the most comprehensive analysis available to date about treatments for children and adolescents with ASD. It is a single, authoritative source of guidance for parents, caregivers, educators, and service providers as they make informed treatment decisions.

In the Fall of 2014, the National Autism Center will release a review and analysis of treatments for ASD based on research conducted in the field from 2007 to 2012. This will provide an update to the current empirical treatment literature (as published in the National Standards Report in 2009) and will include studies evaluating treatments for adults (22+), which have never been systematically evaluated before now.

An advocate for evidence-based treatment approaches, the National Autism Center identifies effective programming and shares practical information with families about how to respond to the challenges they face. The Center also conducts applied research and develops training and service models for practitioners. Finally, the Center works to shape public policy concerning ASD and its treatment through the development and dissemination of national standards of practice.

Guided by a Professional Advisory Board, the Center brings concerned constituents together to help individuals with ASD and their families pursue a better quality of life.