Autism and the pervasive developmental disorders to which it belongs currently affect 300,000-500,000 people in France according to the national ethics committee. Faced with this disease, parents often feel helpless, discouraged and obliged to make major sacrifices.
In 1999, after many discussions with researchers and practitioners, the Fondation de France initiated a support program for autism researchers in order to help France catch up in the area. Fifteen years later, its goal remains to foster the sharing of rigorous research methods by inciting collaboration between clinicians and researchers, and thus contribute to the emergence of a new school of thought on autistic syndromes.
Autism: 10 years of concerted efforts
In 2009, the Fondation de France published a brochure retracing a decade of support for autism research. Download this brochure, which presents 10 key projects that are helping to advance research.