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The AIR-B Network primarily works with underserved populations in the school setting. 

Underserved populations: Although autism occurs in all social classes and minority groups, most research samples are limited in their ethnic, racial, cultural, and economic diversity. As a network, we are committed to providing treatments for a wide range of children with ASD. Our research sites are located in urban settings (Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Rochester, Baltimore, Seattle, and New York) enabling us to recruit from ethnically diverse communities. The AIR-B Network has developed partnerships with members of the community across sites to learn more about their vision, challenges, and needs. We have also put together a team of experts and community professionals to examine whether current evidence-based practices on core deficits translate to economically and ethnically diverse populations. Together, we are pursuing interventions that address the challenges of ASD across each epoch of development and social context, and improving the lives of many underserved children and families through this next stage of ASD behavioral intervention research.

School based interventions: Most children with ASD spend much of their day in school. Because of this, school-based treatments offer a huge opportunity to reach a broad base of children with ASD. However, research is limited as to the efficacy of the programs provided. Schools, particularly those in underserved and minority communities, do not always have access to cutting edge treatments and high quality interventions. By developing and testing interventions in schools, we are hoping to increase their effectiveness and sustainability. We believe that high quality interventions that are feasible to be implemented by local school personnel, educators, and staff in the “real world” setting could make a huge impact on the autism community as a whole. 

 
 
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