The Kids first Initiative: Giving back to Families
The Hartwell Foundation Kids First initiative seeks to help every family who has a child with autism spectrum disorder. The goal is to create detailed categories that accurately reflect individual behavior and personality, with the expectation of advancing personalized, targeted approaches for care and intervention that will be more successful than what is available today.
The Kids First approach is conducted using IRB-approved confidential survey methodology by prominent universities. Survey questions are simple, focused on basic behavioral and medical information and can be completed in about 10 minutes. Results will be shared confidentially with all survey participants. The collected data will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to begin classification of ASD and as new categories are identified the effort will expand to more sophisticated requests for information.