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Autism Research, Training and Resources

The University of Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (KCART) aims to advocate for and support autistic people, individuals with related neurodevelopmental issues, and their families across the lifespan. We conduct rigorous, equitable research, train professionals and families, and connect autistic individuals and their families with clinical, educational, and community resources.


Our research is focused on understanding the many causes of autism, and developing interventions and supports for children, adults and families affected by autism.
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We offer training and mentoring to students across all levels of training from undergraduates to graduate to postdoctoral fellows. We also develop and provide research-based training to professionals, parents and caregivers.
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We provide resources for families, children and adults and connect them to providers.
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Join our research community

Participate in a KU study: You can increase knowledge about autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities and help us develop new, more effective approaches to supporting autistic individuals and their families.