Autism Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies Program (Autism-...





Bureau (MCHB)’s Office of Epidemiology and Research is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Autism Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (Autism-FIRST) Program. The purpose of this program is to support empirical research that advances the evidence base on interventions designed to improve the health of children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) across the lifespan. Because racial and ethnic disparities exist in the early screening and diagnosis of ASD/DD, the Autism-FIRST Program has a special focus on addressing the needs of underserved populations, such as low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, individuals living in rural areas and, in the case of ASD/DD populations, girls and young women, who are often under identified with regard to ASD, particularly at the higher functioning end.1 The Autism-FIRST program supports research studies that address critical issues surrounding the health a...


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