Understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) is a primary focus of NICHD research. ASDs are a set of related conditions with a range of symptoms affecting behavior, interpersonal interactions, and learning.
As a founding member of the NIH Autism Coordinating Committee and a participant in the Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, NICHD is one of many federal entities involved in ASD research. NICHD's portfolio covers a variety of topics in autism, including autism etiology, epidemiology, treatment, and screening. The institute also supports professional training and the development of research infrastructure that will facilitate research in ASD and other IDDs.