“Unique, Different, and Special”: Ben Hartranft Speaks Up for Autism

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Ben Hartranft, who has participated in seven Center for Autism Research (CAR) studies, has helped researchers discover valuable insights about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), from the impact of potential therapies for social anxiety, to brain-behavior associations, to the development of new technological interventions. With a knack for public speaking and the friendly personality to match, Ben has also made his mark as an advocate for autism research and awareness, most notably for his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Ben wants to thank his supporters who have helped him raise nearly $4,000 for the Eagles Autism Challenge.

“The Center for Autism Research is extremely fortunate to have had Ben and his family participate in numerous studies over the years,” said Julia Parish Morris, PhD, a scientist in CAR who was recently featured on Philadelphia’s NBC10 along with Ben. “From basic gene-brain-behavior research to interventions that use innovative new technologies, Ben stays on the leading edge of scientific advancement at CHOP. Ben is dedicated to helping others and has the vision to see how contributing to the scientific enterprise achieves that goal. In addition to being a shining example of community participation, Ben is a truly wonderful person to know.”

Read more from Ben and about his goals for his future in autism advocacy in CHOP’s Cornerstone Blog.