Burlington, VT — The University of Vermont Autism Collaborative received $350,000 in funding for rural autism outreach and research.

The Autism Collaborative is a group of researchers, clinicians, parents and persons on the autism spectrum working together to guide research on autism and address the gaps in services in rural communities.

Liliane Savard, co-chair of the Autism Collaborative, says funding from the Eugene Washington Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will allow the collaborative to expand their research and outreach.

“As a person on the autism spectrum, it’s pretty complex,” she said. “Not only one person can have the knowledge to address it all, so working together, we can really do a better job. But most importantly is working with the families, working with the person on the autism spectrum themselves.”

Patricia Prelock, UVM Senior Vice President and Provost, added, “we are very excited to be partnering with families, autistic youth and adults, and healthcare providers so they can help lead our research focus and guide our next steps for ensuring effective transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services.”