Founded in 2009, the Autism Science Foundation’s (ASF) mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing, disseminating and providing training for autism research. Through multiple mechanisms, ASF supports research into the risk factors, diagnosis, intervention, treatments, and services for autism spectrum disorders. To date, the foundation has provided $2 million in support to autism research. In addition, ASF heavily promotes participation in research and educates the community on the ways to do so. The organization also provides information about autism, and the science of autism, to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.