Although Autism research has been increasing over the years, there is still a lot more to learn. Institutions such as the CDC consider ASD an important public health concern and are committed to researching and providing more data on Autism. Researchers continue to search for important information on ASD such as causes, risk factors, valuable resources, and treatment options. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) outlines their research efforts in a publication on the “Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research”.
Other groups, such as the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network (funded by the CDC), attempt to research prevalence rates and estimate the number of children who have ASD in the United States. Links to the ADDM Network’s research can be found here
Another research effort funded by the CDC includes Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) aims to look for risk factors for ASD and other developmental disabilities. You can learn more about SEED here.