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The Center for Autism Research's commitment to help families living with autism extends beyond the walls of our center. Our goal is for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to be included, active participants in their communities. CAR and its researchers and staff are involved in many different projects throughout our region. We recognize that, in addition to basic research in the causes and characteristics of ASD, we need to conduct other kinds of research, provide training and support to families and community-based professionals, raise awareness about ASD across the region, and develop partnerships with other agencies, if we are to impact policy changes that will improve the lives of individuals with ASD.

CAR Autism Roadmap

The CAR Autism Roadmap™ is a website that provides families and providers with resources and information about ASD.

  • Learn about autism spectrum disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact on families and individuals.
  • Get the latest information on treatments and therapies and how to get services.
  • Connect with resources for children, youth and adults.

Our COVID-19 Resources for CAR Families Guide is a directory of community resources you may find helpful due to the effects of the pandemic. 


Please visit here to find tips for planning and for helping your child adjust to mask-wearing guidelines from The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at CHOP. 

Workshops and Trainings

CAR offers a variety of parent workshops and professional development trainings.


For families and professionals, CAR offers:

  • Our Next Steps workshop series for parents and professionals are offered 8 times per year, in person and via web conference, with content tailored to key milestones from early childhood through adulthood.

For professionals:

  • ADOS training opportunities for clinical professionals wishing to become certified diagnosticians.
  • ECHO Autism at CHOP offers free, regular teleconsulting to clinicians from anywhere in the country (or world). Join this virtual learning network to receive regular, convenient access to autism and behavioral experts at CHOP to support families in your home practice or agency.

Clinical Resources

For families seeking an appointment:
Families seeking an appointment with an autism specialist can do so through CHOP’s Autism Integrated Care Program, which offers coordinated care for patients with ASD from specialists in the following divisions:

Social Work Support:
If you need guidance about CHOP or community resources for a child or young adult on the autism spectrum, please contact Susannah Horner, LCSW at or 267-426-4910.


Clinical Tools for Autism Professionals:
PROMIS Autism Battery - Lifespan - Autism support professionals can use this new, NIH-validated tool to assess and monitor Quality of Life for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

CAR's Outreach Team is a critical part of our goal to support families. Whether you're trying to find IEP resources for your school-aged child, find research for your adolescent to participate in, or want to take the entire family to an ASD-friendly event, the Outreach Team will be able to connect you to the resources you need.

Leila Bateman
Manager Clinical Data Management
Leila Bateman

Leila Bateman the Manager of Clinical Data Management for CAR’s Data and Statistical Core, which builds and optimizes scientific data integration and management, data discovery, reporting, and analysis across the Center. 

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Rachel Benecke
Research Data Analyst
Rachel Benecke

Rachel Benecke is a Research Data Analyst on CAR’s Data and Statistical Core. In her role, she builds study databases to store and score study data, facilitates data access and analysis, and provides general data support and education across the CAR team.

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Susannah Horner, LCSW
Community Education Program Manager
Susannah Horner, LCSW

Susannah Horner, LCSW is the Clinic Social Worker and Community Education Program Manager for the Center for Autism Research.  She provides supports for the clinicians and families that are involved with the center, manages the CAR Autism Roadmap™ resource website, and is available to provide information and resources to families.

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Emily LaSasso, MHA
Research Recruitment Coordinator
Emily LaSasso, MHA

Emily LaSasso, MHA is CAR's Research Recruitment Coordinator. Emily is responsible for consulting with CAR research teams by developing recruitment strategies and supporting materials to ensure study goals are met.

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Ayana King Pointer
Senior Resource Coordinator
Ayana King Pointer

Ayana has enjoyed working at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for many years. Ayana provides high-level administrative support to our Center's Scientific Director, Training Director and Administrative Director. 

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