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Question 1: Short-term Objective B  

$3,973,711.80
Fiscal Year: 2009

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding.1SB. Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening and diagnostic tools, including comparison of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high risk and population-based samples through studies of the following community populations that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years.

Download 2009 Question 1: Short-term Objective B projects (EXCEL)
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Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
Early social communication characteristics of ASD in diverse cultures in the US and Africa Wetherby, Amy Florida State University
Improving and streamlining screening and diagnosis of ASD at 18-24 months of age Wetherby, Amy Florida State University
Neurobehavioral research on infants at risk for SLI and autism Tager-Flusberg, Helen Boston University Medical Campus
Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD Tager-Flusberg, Helen Boston University
The development of face processing Nelson, Charles Children's Hospital Boston
The development of Chinese versions of the ADOS and ADI-R Lee, Li-Ching Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Genomic identification of autism loci Eichler, Evan University of Washington
International trends in diagnoses and incidence of autism spectrum disorders Dixon, Glenys Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
University of Georgia – Carolina Autism Resource and Evaluation Center (UGA-CARES): A collaborative autism screening project utilizing web-based technology Campbell, Jonathan University of Georgia
Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs Belmonte, Matthew Cornell University
Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism Bahrick, Lorraine Florida International University

Objective Cumulative Funding Table

IACC Strategic Plan Objective 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening and diagnostic tools, including comparative studies of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high-risk and population-based samples, including those from resource-poor international settings and those that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012.

IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years
1.2
$1,246,922
8 projects

1.S.B
$3,973,711
11 projects

1.S.B
$2,443,557
11 projects

1.S.B
$970,284
9 projects

1.S.B
$2,126,824
12 projects

$10,761,298
1.S.B. Funding: The recommended budget was met. Significantly more than the recommended minimum budget was allocated to projects specific to this objective.

Progress: Efforts to validate screening tools in diverse populations have begun, including ACF and CDC-funded work with a general developmental screener in Native American populations. More efforts are needed, however, to cover other diverse populations.

Remaining Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities: There is a need for more comparative studies between general developmental screeners and autism-specific tools. Remaining needs in this area are promotion of family engagement and follow-through, training of intervention and primary care providers and family members, and development of free and validated diagnostic tools for international communities.