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The IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research, first published in 2009, has now been updated in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The changes in "What do we know?" and "What do we need?" that are described in the 2012 IACC Strategic Plan Update are intended to recap recent research accomplishments and provide further guidance to researchers, research funders, and other members of the community about the opportunities for progress in each of the seven question areas of the Plan. The 2012 IACC Strategic Plan Update does not address the need for an increased focus on services provision issues, which has been discussed at IACC meetings and is an area of intense interest among several IACC members as well as some of the content experts who participated in the process of developing the 2012 IACC Strategic Plan Update. In the coming year, the Committee looks forward to an opportunity to delve more deeply into this and other issues that emerged as gaps during the update process.

The IACC wishes to express its appreciation to the many people who assisted in developing the 2012 IACC Strategic Plan Update. A list of these external experts is provided at the end of this document. In addition to the experts from the advocacy, research, and services communities who generously volunteered their time to work with the IACC on this effort, the Committee also received input from many members of the public who sent in ideas or provided written recommendations for consideration. While the final 2012 IACC Strategic Plan Update could not reflect every concept or concern that was raised during the updating process, this document was assembled by the IACC with the intent of capturing the current state of the science with respect to autism research, as well as a sense of where the newest opportunities and challenges lie in this effort to meet the evolving needs of people with ASD and their families.

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Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research —2012 Update. December 2012. Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee website:

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