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Friday, March 14, 2014

Meet The Docs: An Open House event for the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) will be hosting "Meet The Docs;" an open house event introducing their autism registry project, among other research projects, to the general public.

Formed in 2009 by the state’s leading experts on autism research, education, health and advocacy, RI-CART is entering its second year of funding from the Simons Foundation; a private agency whose mission is to advance the frontiers of scientific research in many areas including those which benefit individuals challenged by autism spectrum disorders.

In 2013 the consortium received a $1 million grant from the Simons Foundation to help support the creation of a registry of all individuals with an autism spectrum disorder in the state. The registry - the first of its kind - will "gather important data for research while building a greater community of support, and give families and individuals with an ASD a voice for guiding policy, research and ultimately treatment," according to the consortium's executive director, Joanne Quinn.

"Meet The Docs" will provide the communities of Rhode Island to drop by and personally meet some of the doctors involved in the project, to learn more about RI-CART and how they can benefit from enrolling in registry project.

"Meet The Docs" will run from 10am to 1:pm at the Child and Family Services location at 1268 Eddy Street in Providence. For more information about the event, please contact Deb Langevin at 785-2666, ext 1054.

Perspectives Corporation, Rhode Island's leading agency providing services for people with autism spectrum disorder, joined RI-CART in 2013.