It is to that end, therefore, that our first aim is to present the first detailed overview both of what research is currently being conducted and funded in the UK and to compare that with the research conducted and funded elsewhere, especially in the United States. Our second aim is to establish how directly that research maps on to the concerns and interests of autistic people themselves and the broader autism community. It is our belief that this is a vital first step in ensuring that the research that is conducted and funded here in the UK is able to contribute not only to expanding our knowledge about autism but also to enhancing the opportunities and enriching the lives of those who
are autistic or who in other ways live with autism.
About this Study A very large proportion of autistic people and their families will have 9