|Project Title||Principal Investigator||Institution|
|Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism||Bahrick, Lorraine||Florida International University|
|Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs||Belmonte, Matthew||Cornell University|
|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|
|International trends in diagnoses and incidence of autism spectrum disorders||Dixon, Glenys||Telethon Institute for Child Health Research|
|Genomic identification of autism loci||Eichler, Evan||University of Washington|
|The development of Chinese versions of the ADOS and ADI-R||Lee, Li-Ching||Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|
|The development of face processing||Nelson, Charles||Children's Hospital Boston|
|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|
|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|
|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.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.