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About the Institute

The Florida State University (FSU) Autism Institute was established in the FSU College of Medicine to coordinate and promote research, education, and service related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The mission of the Autism Institute is:

  • to promote interdisciplinary research that advances scientific knowledge of autism spectrum disorders;
  • to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and community-based practice;
  • to build the capacity of primary care physicians and other community-based service providers, educators, employers, family members, and individuals with ASD to improve outcomes through research and training; and
  • to maximize the use of innovative video and information technology in research, education, and service related to ASD.


  • Identify more precise early red flags of autism and study ways to improve and streamline screening and diagnostic practices to improve early detection of autism in infants and toddlers
  • Study ways to coach families and early intervention providers to learn how to implement evidence-based intervention strategies in everyday activities to improve outcomes for toddlers with autism
  • Study ways to improve active engagement in preschool and elementary students with autism in the classroom
  • Study the use of technology-enhanced active learning and wellness to improve social communication, behavior and emotional regulation, language and literacy, and self-determination for high school students with autism and the transition to adulthood.

 Web-based Tools

  • Expand the content and dissemination of the Autism Navigator™, a new innovative web-based screening and professional development tool designed to increase the capacity of healthcare providers, early intervention providers, educators, and families to better serve young children with autism.

 Community Outreach

  • Expand training efforts targeting the needs of teachers and families
  • Provide incentives to childcare centers to support children with autism
  • Provide stipends and incentives for teachers and paraprofessionals to attend trainings
  • Purchase therapy and educational materials to be used in classrooms, home, or community programs

 Supporting Families

  • Provide educational materials to enhance communication skills
  • Provide stipends for parents to attend training, educational programs, and retreats
  • Provide emergency funding to support their child with autism during a family crisis