Integrating Research and Community Perspectives in Autism Research
INTERACT is a federally funded program designed to examine the integration of evidence-based practices for children with autism spectrum disorders in community service settings. The overall goal of INTERACT is to shift from the traditional, unidirectional models of translating research into practice toward a more reciprocal, interactive effort between researchers, community practitioners and families. INTERACT objectives include obtaining a better understanding of the services currently available for children with autism and their families and integrating the perspectives of researchers, practitioners, and families in the modification and implementation of effective models of intervention. INTERACT researchers hope to improve the translation of evidence-based care by developing sustainable partnerships with stakeholders and together narrow the gap between research and practice to facilitate the translation of evidence-based practices into community settings.