The Importance of Donation and How to Donate
A brain donation to Autism BrainNet creates a legacy that helps advance research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental conditions.
Research using postmortem brain tissue provides one of the most direct ways to understanding the biological causes of ASD and identifying potential therapeutic targets in the brain. This knowledge may empower autism families and individuals to better advocate for their needs and interests.
Talking with family members about brain donation is a key aspect of long-term planning. These discussions are much less stressful when they occur in advance and minimize the burden of decision-making at the time of death. Long-term planning will also help ensure that a donor’s decision is respected.
In the midst of grief and loss, Autism BrainNet’s donor families report that they find a sense of hope and purpose in their loved one’s continued contribution to science.