As the UK and the rest of the World acknowledge World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), Research Autism highlights the urgent need for more ethical research into autism interventions. Research Autism takes pride in working closely with the autism community and where possible involves individuals with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) in their work. They have been supporting ethical research into autism interventions since their inception in 2003.
Geoffrey Maddrell, Chairman of Research Autism says:
"Research Autism is the only UK charity that is solely focused on improving the quality of life of those with autism spectrum conditions; through the origination and funding of research into interventional treatments and therapies. Our website holds a wealth of impartial information, which is referred to by families, those with ASC and health professionals across the UK and the rest of the world.
There are a large number of so-called treatments, many of which have not been scientifically researched and may be expensive, ineffective and potentially harmful. We want to provide independent evaluations of autism interventions based on science, not on anecdotes. In fact, we may not know the exact causes of autism, but what we do know is that there is an essential need for better coordinated and informed responses across the lifespan of each individual with autism; the starting point for this has to be scientific research.
The annual cost of autism in the UK is just under £28 billion* and it is for this reason we feel it imperative to commission further ethical research where we believe we can make a real difference to improving the quality of life for the 500,000 or so people affected by autism in the UK."
Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life.
In December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). By bringing together autism organisations all around the world, World Autism Awareness Day aims to give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for support. For more information go to www.worldautismawarenessday.org