Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Date: June 6, 2011

Subject: Official Message from the State Director of the Special Education Division

Fred Balcom, Director of the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education, would like to inform you that the United States Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) develops an annual Summary of Advances to describe each year’s top advances in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research. These advances represent significant progress in the early diagnosis of ASD, understanding the complex biology of the disorder, and identifying potential risk factors. Advances may also relate to work identifying effective treatments and services, and studies on the national prevalence of ASD, and research infrastructure. The 2010 Summary of Advances provides a clear synopsis of the top 20 research breakthroughs selected by the committee from a pool of 64 peer-reviewed articles nominated by IACC. Articles are grouped according to the questions of the IACC strategic plan for ASD research and are available on the United States Department of Health and Human Services, IACC Web page at: Citations for the articles selected for the Summary of Advances, as well as a complete listing of nominated documents, are included.

Please direct questions to Kathleen Halvorson by telephone at 916-319-0756 or by e-mail at
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