APA provides feedback on Autism Research Plan

APA supports the plan, particularly its recognition of underserved rural and ethnic minority populations and the need to examine autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan
In July, APA responded to a call for comment from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on its 2010 Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. The IACC is the Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Stakeholders were asked for general comment about the plan in addition to identifying remaining gaps in the subject area covered by each of the plan’s seven chapters. APA supports the comprehensive and ambitious plan for research, particularly its recognition of underserved rural and ethnic minority populations and the need to increase research with adolescent and adult populations to further examine autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. APA also encouraged the IACC to keep a long-term approach when balancing the immediate needs of families and individuals affected by ASDs with the current state of scientific opportunities and the capacity of the scientific enterprise and workforce.