ART supports pioneering Autism Centre of Excellence

The Autism Centre of Excellence is ART's new venture. The ACE will be the UK’s first national clinical and research centre for autistic people, whose lived experience will inspire and lead researchers to innovate where it's most needed. Read more

How does autism begin? A project to study brain development

Stem cell research has transformed the way we study autism. Researchers funded by ART have been pioneering a technique nicknamed the ‘brain in a dish’ approach, which involves growing cells in a laboratory to see how the brain develops in the first weeks of life. Read more

Autism and mental health: what our research says

The more research we do, the clearer it becomes that mental health issues have a huge impact on autistic people. That’s why this year it has, once more, been a major focus for us. Read more

2019: a year to shape our future

Last year was an exciting one for the Autism Research Trust. With your support, we’ve moved forward in so many ways. Find out about our achievements. Read more

Our top autism and research stories of 2019

Our most popular autism news stories of the year. Read more

Festive fundraising for ART

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a shopping enthusiast, there are still ways you can raise money to transform the lives of autistic people this Christmas. Read more

Welcome to our 5 new trustees

The Autism Research Trust are proud to welcome five new trustees to the team. They all might have different backgrounds, but all have a keen interest in improving the lives of autistic people. Read more

Understanding the spectrum, by looking at genetics

Thanks to your support, our researchers are diving into the criteria used to diagnose autistic people, to see whether there is a genetic correlation too. Read more

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Autistic adults face greater risk of hardship

Autistic adults are vulnerable to financial trouble, abusive relationships and employment difficulties, according to new research. Could this be why more autistic adults experience anxiety and depression? Read more

Recent findings from 7 autism projects

Research takes time but, at the Autism Research Trust, we are beginning to see results from some amazing projects that we have funded in previous years. Read more about 7 of these findings... Read more

10 amazing projects, 10 ways we're changing lives!

Last year, we funded some incredible research projects ranging from investigating the role of genes in autism to the life of autistic individuals in schools and the criminal justice system. Read more... Read more

A warm welcome to Ben Loomes

The Autism Research Trust are proud to welcome a new trustee to the team, Ben Loomes, who will also Chair the Fundraising Campaign Committee for the Autism Centre of Excellence. Read more

A year of impact and achievements

Last year was a great one for the Autism Research Trust. In the past two years, we have helped various researchers and funded 11 incredible projects! Find out more... Read more

Building speech and teaching emotions: Educational resources for autistic children

Cambridge Autism Learning is a new online platform providing educational resources for autistic people and parents of autistic children. All educational resources are based on successful research projects that have shown they can work. Read more

A resolution for research

Challenge yourself and raise money and awareness for autism research! Read more

Children's books launched for Christmas with proceeds to ART

ART trustee, Dr Lewis Owens, launches two wonderful children's books. Following the adventures of Archie, an autistic 11-year old boy, these heart-warming stories are fun and thought-provoking reads for all ages. Proceeds are kindly being donated to ART. Read more

A new study on the unique qualities of the autistic mind

With your support, we funded the world’s largest ever study looking into autistic people’s interests and skills in two specific areas – systemizing and empathy. Read more

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Genetic research and autism: for better understanding and support

There are fears that the aim of genetics research into autism is a form of eugenics to “normalise” autistic people. Although Simon Baron-Cohen understands where this fear stems from, both him and his research teams are firmly against any sort of genetic engineering. Read more

Bricks for Autism: LEGO-based therapy for children

Bricks for Autism is a social venture that aims at supporting children with communication and learning disabilities through a therapy of building LEGO models. And whilst helping children with autism develop key skills, it also helps funding vital research. Read more

Autistic children: destined to be uneducated, untrained and unemployed?

The Autism Research Centre is embarking on a new study to find out whether children with autism are at a higher risk of falling into the NEET category – Not in Education, Employment, or Training. Read more

Job vacancy: help us improve the criminal justice system

What happens when autistic people face the criminal justice system? A new job opportunity to look into the experience of autistic people in the criminal justice system. Read more

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to have a child with autism

A new study concluded that women with polycystic ovary syndrome have a 2.3% chance of having an autistic child, compared with the 1.7% chance for mothers without the condition. Read more