We C.A.R.E.

Welcome to Collaboration for Autism Research and Engagement

The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has risen markedly over recent years and is now a preeminent national public health concern. Individuals with ASD exhibit deficits in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests that persist over a lifetime. As a result, demands of caregiving for individuals with ASD place heavy burdens on families who must provide long-term care. Because many popular ASD interventions are not evidence-based, families need guidance in identifying and accessing evidence-based interventions that are most suitable. This is particularly true for families in poor, rural areas that lack the most up-to-date resources and, therefore, are more likely to use non–evidence-based interventions that can be harmful.

Our long-term goal is to help individuals with ASD progress from the fringes of intervention to the center by implementing the most current evidence-based treatments. Collaboration for Autism Research and Engagement seeks to engage families with autistic children in rural communities in this process to better determine their needs and discover what would make their access to healthcare better.

Meet Conseulo Kreider

Conseulo Kreider is a member of the project’s Community Advisory Board. She explains more about the project mission.

Meet Dr. Elder

Dr. Elder is Project Lead for the C.A.R.E.project.  She explains what started her love for science and research, as well as the mission of her research – finding ways to help improve the quality of life of individuals affected by autism.