ABOUT US

Guiding Principles

A neurodiverse-orientation to health

The AIR-P aligns with the neurodiversity movement and views autism as an identity akin to gender and race, not a condition that requires a cure.

Stakeholder-driven

All research supported within the Network will be vetted and/or co-developed by the Autistic Researcher Review Board, caregivers and family members of autistic individuals, and other stakeholders.

Inclusivity

The Network will create an infrastructure for anyone, including early-career investigators and multi-disciplinary researchers, to conduct research related to physical health of autistic individuals.

Health-promotion

Our Network stands in direct contrast with the medical model and seeks to promote health and well-being among autistic individuals and their families.

Equity

The Network seeks to address disparities in the access, quality, and utilization of health-promoting services and supports for underserved populations.

High quality research across the lifespan

The AIR-P seeks to advance the evidence base of high quality research for autistic individuals and their families across the lifespan.

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The following values are central to all of our activities:

  • Respect, integration, and equitable access to supports and services that promote optimal health and well-being for autistic individuals
  • Self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of the Network
  • Individualized and culturally appropriate health care
  • Diversity within the Network, programs, and society
  • Stewardship of public resources and measurable accountability
  • A commitment to helping individuals by strengthening communities and systems