Guiding Principles

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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


The following values are central to all of our activities

What We Do

Facilitate Developmental Transitions Across the Lifespan

Support Neurodiversity-Oriented Care

Perform Methodologically Rigorous Intervention Studies

Address Health Disparities

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under award UT2MC39440, the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health. The information, content, and/or conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government.