Database to help families
A NEW database will be set up to study the health, educational and long-term needs of the Irish autistic community.
The Irish Autism Database and Repository (IADR) Project was launched during a conference at NUI Galway.
The IADR project will provide data to address a range of questions relating to the health, social and educational needs of individuals affected by autism and their families and carers.
Dr Geraldine Leader, director of the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research at NUI Galway, said: "IADR will be transformative in accelerating the pace of autism research by providing large datasets which can be shared among researchers and ultimately will aid the discovery of causes and effective treatments."