Education and research focused on improving the lives of autistic children, adolescents and adults.

Little boy smiling and holding up letter "A" with female speech therapist.


The mission of the UMass Lowell Center for Autism Research and Education is to educate our students and the public concerning issues of importance to the autism community.

We conduct interdisciplinary research that is relevant to those with autism throughout the life-span, with a special focus on underserved populations. We also partner with local agencies that share our values of improving the lives of those with autism and their families.

  • 3.5 Million

    Americans with an ASD

  • 119.4%

    Increase of diagnosis in U.S. children between 2000-2010

  • 100%

    Occurs in all racial, ethnic, & socioeconomic groups

  • 1%

    Of the world population of 7.4 billion living with ASD

  • 4.5

    Times more common among boys than girls