Kids First

KidsFirst Logo with The Hartwell Foundation, Case Western Reserve University, UC Davis, and Stanford University

KidsFirst Research Network

Are you the parent of a child with a neurodevelopmental condition?

Help us establish a detailed classification of autism in order to drive research focused on targeted approaches for care and intervention.

The KidsFirst Research Network helps families like yours to:

  • Build a community for autism in Northeast Ohio
  • Participate in innovative research on autism

Join our research network today.

For more details please contact: Dr Anastasia Dimitropoulos or call 216-368-0112

Enroll today at

This collaborative project is funded by the Hartwell Foundation in collaboration with Stanford Medicine, UC Davis Health, The MIND Institute and CWRU.

For participants' rights questions, please contact Stanford University Institutional Review Board at 886-680-2906

Hartwell Foundation Partnership

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Case Western Reserve University’s Program for Autism Education and Research (PAER) has entered a research partnership with The Hartwell Foundation initiative called the “KidsFirst” autism project.

The goal is to help every family who has a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

ASD is a spectrum of neurologic disorders associated with developmental delay and significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. According to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 59 children in the United States have a diagnosis of ASD by age 8, with boys four times as likely to be diagnosed as girls.

“The Hartwell Foundation seeks to inspire innovation and achievement in all programs that it supports,” said  Foundation President Fred Dombrose. “We believe the opportunity to partner with PAER will really make a difference for families affected by ASD.”