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We are the nation's oldest medically-accredited autism nonprofit, focused on furthering the research as well as spreading the knowledge gathered to the community through conferences and online media. Furthermore, we have recently designed a number of inclusion programs that we feel will provide much-needed opportunities and services for the community in the area of arts, career development, and athletics.
The Autism Research Foundation (TARF) was started by pioneering autism researcher, Margaret Bauman, MD in 1990.
TARF began as a funding reserve for brain-based autism research, and over the past 22 years, TARF has grown as an information authority in the autism community.
The Foundation achieved this authority by regularly addressing the changing needs of its community. Noticing that parents needed answers to their child’s autism diagnosis in an approachable science capacity, TARF began the Current Trends in Autism Conference: an annual two-day event that brings parents and professionals together to learn from each other and distinguished leaders in autism education, therapy, medicine, lifestyle, and research.
The TARF team networks with parents, teachers, researchers, and caregivers throughout the CTIA conference and others throughout the year to learn the best ways to help everyone understand and appreciate autism.
From this effort, TARF achieves community consciousness and autism appreciation through its research, awareness, inclusion, fundraising, family support and conference programs across New England. This year, TARF expanded its mission to include innovative inclusion programs like Athletes 4 Autism, Art 4 Autism, and Michael's Place.
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