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Center for Autism Research & Education (CARE)

Education and research focused on improving the lives of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Young boy wearing headphones and staring out the window at the airport.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder, typically diagnosed before the age of three that affects the individual’s ability to communicate, develop language, form social relationships, and respond appropriately to their environment.

Recent estimates of prevalence report rates in the U.S. are as high as 1 in every 45 children ("Washington Post" article, 11/13/15) ASD is recognized as a current national crisis and considerable effort is being focused on improving the lives of those affected.

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 establish UMass Lowell as a regional and national center for autism related research, to educate our students and the public concerning issues relevant to the autism community, and to partner with local agencies to help improve the lives of those with ASD and their families.

We will achieve this mission by:

  • Promoting interdisciplinary research involving UMass Lowell students.
  • Including the broad range of autism spectrum disorders with a special focus on underserved populations.
  • Forming collaborations with local agencies who serve those with developmental disabilities.
  • Providing educational opportunities for our students and members of our local communities.