Merry Barua Awarded the INSAR 2015 Advocate Award!

We are thrilled to announce that Merry Barua, Director of Action for Autism (New Delhi, India)  is the recipient of the 2015 Advocate Award from INSAR (International Society for Autism Research) for “creating the autism community in India, founding the school in New Delhi, and advocating for more positive attitudes to ASD globally!”

The formal ceremony will occur during the IMFAR 2015 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City (13–16 May 2015).

Please join INSAR in thanking her “for all she has done for people with autism, their families, and the wider community, including those undertaking research to understand and better appreciate autism.”

Learn more about Merry Barua’s work here:


Merry Barua is the founder director of Action for Autism (AFA), the National Center for Autism.AFA (, the leading autism society in India, runs a school, provides various autism specific interventions and services and works on awareness, advocacy, education, research, training and rehabilitation with an emphasis on life-span services. Merry is an activist and a specific needs educator and has pioneered the autism movement in India and South Asia. She has over two decades experience in working with individuals on the autism spectrum, from the functionally significantly affected to the very able, and in a range of settings. Merry is also parent to a son, Neeraj, who has autism.