Autism Speaks Retooling Scientific Agenda
Less than a year after dropping references to finding a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks is looking for input amid a revamp of its scientific priorities. The national nonprofit is developing a new three-year strategic plan for science, which will guide the organization’s efforts to fund studies and shape what’s known about autism. The contents of the new plan — which is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year — stand to have a profound impact. A federal report found that Autism Speaks doled out $18.6 million in grants in 2013 alone, making it one of the largest funders of autism research behind only the U.S. government and the Simons Foundation.