Improving the Lives of Families

UC Davis researchers search tirelessly for solutions for families affected by autism.

When 16-year-old Kira Duley wants to tell her mom how she's feeling, she does a Google image search.  For love, she points to a heart.  For sad, a frowning emoji.  For lonely, a photo of a woman standing alone on a beach, looking off into a sunset. 

Kira communicates this way because she has autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Although autism presents itself differently in different people, 25 percent of people with autism- like Kira- do not develop spoken language.