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A New Website, an Old Friend - IAN Community

Cheryl Cohen
Online Community Director
Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
December 3, 2013

Welcome to the re-imagined Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Community, a unique source of information on autism and autism research. Our mission is to provide you with information about autism and autism research based on the latest scientific findings. We translate research findings into articles for non-scientists – individuals, parents, teachers and others affected by autism. We study journal articles and interview researchers and clinicians, with an eye toward placing that information into context. Then we report back to you, with information we hope you will find helpful and interesting.

IAN Community has a special focus on autism research because it’s the sister website of IAN Research. Autism now affects approximately 1 in 88 children, and there is much researchers and families want to learn. IAN Research accelerates the pace of autism research by making it easier for scientists to find people to take part in studies. Research projects have stalled or failed because they did not have enough participants or data. IAN Research uses the internet to conduct research and find people to take part in studies across the United States. (For information, please visit IAN Research). When our studies or those of other researchers are completed, we share the results here on IAN Community. We also provide articles on many topics of interest to the autism community, such as diagnosis, behaviors, therapies, treatments, theories, and services.

New to IAN Community?

For those of you who are new to IAN Community, we hope that you enjoy the site. We have over 700 articles and other special features for you to explore. We’ve grouped our information into six sections: About IAN, About Autism, About Research, Research Services, News & Blog, and the Simons Simplex Community. Whether you’re searching for information on early intervention or adult services, research studies or news, you will find what you need here.

Stay Informed

If you would like to find out about the latest articles and features, subscribe to our e-newsletter. (Look for the Stay Informed box on the left side of most pages.) We will send it to you via email four times each year. Also, if we have a special webinar or live event, we will send you a notification. If you have received our e-newsletter recently, you will continue to get it. If not, you can find the subscription box on each page of the site. For the adventurous person or the techie, we have an RSS feed. Just click on the RSS icon near the search box on the top of the page.

We’ve Changed!

For our old friends, most of the articles and features remain where they were (so your bookmarks should work), but we’ve updated and reorganized a lot of information.

Are you an Autism Researcher?

If you are an autism researcher, be sure to explore the Research Services section, which contains information about IAN’s research services or tools.

For SSC@IAN Families

Our SSC@IAN pages have changed! We have new special features for families who participated in the SSC research project, but anyone can browse the articles there.

Let Us Know

The Interactive Autism Network is all about, well, interaction. It's about the autism community helping to set the research agenda and sharing its knowledge with researchers. It's also about researchers sharing their findings with you so that you can make informed choices.So settle back and see what we have to offer. And let us know what you think.