The Autism Research Center (ARC) was established to advance current knowledge on the nature and causes   of Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as to develop and study evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals and families affected by these conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The center provides a vehicle for research activities, evidence-based intervention programs, training opportunities and collaboration between health care facilities, community services and research centers/universities involved in autism research

Research Focus

Identification and Diagnosis

  • Early behavioral signs
  • Biological markers


  • Supporting evidence-based practice
  • Effectiveness of early intervention
  • Interventions in education

Language and Communication

  • Language processing
  • Investigating the effectiveness of communication supports

Focus on Families

  • Family adaptation to living with ASD
  • Families as partners in service delivery
  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children
  • Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
  • About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood
  • Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
  • The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years
  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded
  • Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key !!!
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