I recently had the honor of being appointed to the first Autism Speaks Community Advisory Board (CAB), which serves in an advisory role on science-related matters to the Board of Directors, Science Committee of the Board, the Autism Speaks President, the Science Leadership Team, and other relevant Autism Speaks science bodies such as the Science AdvisoryBoard and grant review groups. The CAB members are expected to be highly informed on autism science while being widely networked to the wider community. We are meant to bring the voice and urgency of families and individuals impacted by autism so that Autism Speaks science makes a substantive impact on families.
I look forward to helping Autism Speaks leadership evaluate future science work and priorities. To represent the interests and needs of the autism community, I invite all autism community members to contact me any time to share ideas and concerns. Topics could include, for example:
• Research into causation
• Epidemiology; autism rates
• Research into medical treatment, therapies, and intervention
• Assistive technology
• Science communications
• Anything else of concern as it relates to Autism Speaks science efforts
Please feel free to email me any time at [email protected]. Thanks so much!
President, Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area
Founder, Escher Fund for Autism, GermlineExposures.org