RI-CART was founded on the belief that connecting and coming together as a community allows us to advance science while at the same time brin-ging a new voice to the thousands of Rhode Islanders affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Thanks again for joining an ever-growing number of people in Rhode Island and nearby communities who have already come together to move ahead as community. RI-CART now includes over 1800 individuals and families advancing treatment and improving the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum.

In our new phase, check out our FAQ in regards to your participation in RI-CART

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation and its population has an ethnic makeup that roughly mirrors that of the nation as a whole. All these unique features make RI an excellent place to reach all residents with autism and build a cohesive scientific-clinical partnership that provides the groundwork for cutting-edge research that translates into improved screening, diagnosis, resources and treatment in the community. 


A Study from RI-CART Researchers: Developmental trajectories of autonomic functioning in autism from birth to early childhood

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggest.


Specifically, the changes in heart rate that ordinarily accompany breathing are slow to develop in autistic children.


Heart rate usually speeds up slightly as a person inhales and slows as she exhales. These fluctuations, known as respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), serve as a proxy for the activity of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates heart rate and breathing, among other functions. The fluctuations are also important for regulating emotions and attending to social cues.


The new findings suggest that the autonomic nervous system is impaired in children with autism at around the same time as the condition’s core traits emerge, says lead investigator Stephen Sheinkopf, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. However, it is unclear whether a sluggish RSA contributes to autism traits or stems from them.


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2nd Saturday of each month

Sensabilities Saturdays

Hosted By The Museum Of Work & Culture

Museum of Work & Culture invites all families to SensAbilities Saturdays-A Sensory friendly All-Ability program on the second Saturday of each month before museum is open to the public.

  • Sound and Lighting will be adjusted

  • Social Stories and First/Then Boards will be provided

  • Trained Staff and Tour Guides will be present to assist

If interested you may call:  401-769-9675 or E-mail to mowc@rihs.org


Location:42 S. Main Street Woonsocket, RI  02895

Time: 9 AM to 10 AM

1st Sunday of Every Month! 

Chuck E. Cheese’s Sensory Sensitive Sundays

Chuck E. CHEESE'S  invites families and friends of The Autism Project to enjoy "Sensory Sensitive Sundays" These hours are not open to the public and will be exclusively for families with children with an ASD. Bring the entire family and have a blast! If you have any questions, please contact Alica Ead at aead@lifespan.org.

Location: 650 Bald Hill Road  Warwick, RI  02886

Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am

1st Saturday of Every Month! 

Sensory Friendly Movie: at Cinemaworld

On the first Saturday of every month CinemaWorld welcomes all families to enjoy a Sensory Friendly film with dimmed lighting, low sound and a Trained and Caring staff, to provide an optimal viewing experience. Special snacks are permitted (due to dietary restrictions and/or allergies).

Location:Cinemaworld Lincoln Mall 16, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, RI 02865

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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