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Question 1: Objective 2  

$1,246,922.25
Fiscal Year: 2008

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount.1.2 Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening tools for detecting ASD through studies of the following community populations that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity and level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years. o School aged children o General population (vs. clinical population)

Download 2008 Question 1: Objective 2 projects (EXCEL)
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Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
Autism dysmorphology measure validity study Miles, Judith University of Missouri
International trends in diagnoses and incidence of autism spectrum disorders Dixon, Glenys Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
Think Asperger's Smith, Christopher Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
The development of Chinese versions of ADOS and ADI-R Lee, Li-Ching Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism Bahrick, Lorraine Florida International University
Improvement and applications of fMRI Hu, Xiaoping Emory University
Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs Belmonte, Matthew Cornell University
Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD Tager-Flusberg, Helen Boston University

Objective Cumulative Funding Table

IACC Strategic Plan Objectives 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.