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)

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. This provides the groundwork for cutting-edge research that translates into improved screening, diagnosis, resources and treatment in the community. 


A new publication describes important findings from the first 1,000 individuals enrolled in RI-CART:

  • In RI-CART, girls with autism were diagnosed 1.5 years later than boys.  The lesson:  we need to improve early detection and diagnosis for girls and for children without delays in language

  • Participants in RI-CART often struggled with mental health challenges and had diagnoses that are in addition to the ASD diagnosis.  Lesson: we need to attend to the whole person and we need to improve access to mental health services for all.

  • And RI-CART was able to partner with and enroll well over 20% of all children with ASD in Rhode Island. In fact, including all participants in RI-CART (not just those included in the recent publication), over 40% of children with ASD in Rhode Island have participated in RI-CART. 


RI-CART is a unique partnership, and you - all of you who have joined us - are the most important members of this partnership.  Thank you.    

Read more about the study findings on Brown University's website.



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

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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