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Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR)

Supporting Transformative Autism Research

The STAR initiative, led by the School of Education and Human Development and in partnership with colleagues across the University, aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism through groundbreaking research and innovative models for intervention and training.

  • Autism DRIVE

    The dynamic Autism DRIVE enables secure storage and sharing of autism data, while providing access to resources and supports for families and professionals.

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  • STAR Newsletter

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  • Autism Research Core

    The Autism Research Core supports pan-university autism research with centralized project coordination, recruitment, and specialized testing by certified personnel.

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  • Research in Practice

    The STAR initiative also supports an innovative Autism Research in Practice System, which integrates research and training into existing systems of care.

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  • STAR in the News

    View current and archived news articles featuring the research, training, and outreach being done through the STAR initiative.

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  • Evidence-Based Treatments

    Wondering how to best navigate evidence-based treatments? See how Autism DRIVE can help guide you through this process.

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Transformative Autism Research In the News

Supporting Hispanic Families Impacted by Autism

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the STAR initiative highlighted the increasing need for diagnostic and support resources for Hispanic families impacted by autism.

Blue Ridge LEND

Now in its second year, the Blue Ridge LEND program trains the next generation of professionals and advocates improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Autism Acceptance Month

In May, the team at STAR reached out to individuals with autism to share their ideas on ways to educate the general community about autism during Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism in Girls and Boys

A recent study using brain imaging and behavioral and genetic testing discovered that there is a significant difference between girls and boys in the genes and “genetic burden” that underpin autism.

Our Impact: A look at the numbers

  • 1927

    Individuals trained through STAR programs and networks

  • 81

    Research studies facilitated through this initiative

  • 182

    peer-reviewed publications from our collaborators

Last updated 7/12/2022