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Terms & Conditions

These terms of use (“Terms of Use”) set forth the terms and conditions that apply to your use of this website located at http://www.autismconsortium.org (“Website”).  This Website is owned by Autism Consortium, Inc. (“Autism Consortium”).  By using this Website, you agree to comply with these Terms of Use.  The right to use this Website is personal to you and is not transferable to any other person or entity.  If you do not agree to comply with these Terms of Use, you must discontinue any use of this Website.

LICENSE AND SITE ACCESS
Autism Consortium grants you a non-exclusive, revocable, limited license to access and make personal use of this Website.  This license does not include: (i) any right to download (other than page caching) or modify the Website, or any portion of it; (ii) any resale or commercial use of this Website or its content; or (iii) any derivative use of this Website or its content.  You shall not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any Trademarks (defined below) or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of this Website without the prior written consent of Autism Consortium. Any unauthorized use of this Website or any portion thereof shall automatically terminate the license granted by Autism Consortium herein.

REGISTRATION
From time to time, Autism Consortium may make certain membership services available to you via the Website that require registration.  Registering for such services requires you to provide information about yourself.  When you register for a service through the Website, you shall provide true, accurate and complete information, and you agree to update such information if it changes.  If you do not provide true, accurate and complete information, Autism Consortium may, in its sole discretion, suspend or terminate your membership to the applicable service and/or your use of this Website.  By registering for any service on the Website, you confirm that you are 18 years or older. Any personal information that you provide in connection with a registration shall be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy, as defined below.

USER CONDUCT
In using this Website, you agree not to disrupt or interfere with the security of, or otherwise abuse this Website, or any services, system resources, accounts, servers or networks connected to or accessible through this Website or linked websites.  Attempts to obtain unauthorized access to any site or portion of this Website that is restricted from general access, or to grant a third party access to such restricted sites or areas, is prohibited.  You agree not to disrupt or interfere with any other user's enjoyment of this Website, use or attempt to use another's account, service or system without authorization from Autism Consortium or create or use a false identity on this Website.  You shall not upload, post, or otherwise transmit through or on this Website any viruses or other harmful or disruptive files, spam, chain letters, junk or any other type of unsolicited mass email.

FEEDBACK AND POSTED INFORMATION
Certain features of the Website may enable you to submit communications, suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information to Autism Consortium (collectively, “Feedback”) as well as post information to the Website for review by all users of the Website (“Posted Information”).  You shall not submit any Feedback or Posted Information that is illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable.  You shall not use a false email address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise submit misleading Feedback or Posted Information.  You grant Autism Consortium and its affiliates a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such Feedback and Posted Information throughout the world in any media.  You represent and warrant that (i) you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the Feedback and Posted Information that you submit; (ii)  such Feedback and Posted Information is accurate; and (iii) use of such Feedback and Posted Information does not violate these Terms of Use and shall not cause injury to any person or entity.  You shall indemnify Autism Consortium and its affiliates for all claims resulting from Feedback and Posted Information you submit. We shall not take any responsibility and shall not assume any liability for any Feedback and Posted Information submitted by you or any third party.  Autism Consortium has taken steps to safeguard the integrity of its computer systems and networks.  However, we shall not be responsible for the confidentiality of any information communicated to Autism Consortium through this Website, except as stated in the Privacy Policy related to this Website.  Autism Consortium is not obligated to monitor the use of the Website by any person, but may do so in its sole discretion.  Autism Consortium shall have the right, at any time, in its sole discretion, to remove any Feedback or Posted Information form the Website that is in violation of these Terms of Use.

TRADEMARKS
The trademarks used on the Website are owned by Autism Consortium, its affiliates or licensors and may be registered trademarks in the United States and other countries (the “Trademarks”).  You shall not use the Trademarks under any circumstances without the prior written consent of Autism Consortium or the other appropriate authorizing party, including, but not limited to: (i) using any metatags or any other "hidden text" utilizing Autism Consortium's name or any Trademarks; (ii) using Autism Consortium’s name or any Trademarks as part of a link; and (iii) using Autism Consortium’s names or any Trademarks in connection with any third party product or service that in any manner is likely to cause confusion or disparages or discredits Autism Consortium, its affiliates or licensors.  All Trademarks not owned by Autism Consortium or its affiliates that appear on this Website are the property of their respective owners. 

COPYRIGHT
All content included on this Website, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations and software, is the property of Autism Consortium or its content suppliers and is protected by United States and international copyright laws.  The compilation of all content on this Website is the exclusive property of Autism Consortium and is protected by United States and international copyright laws.

LINKED WEBSITES
Autism Consortium may provide hyperlinks to third party websites through this Website.  By clicking on any of these links, you are leaving this Website.  Autism Consortium does not control such third party websites and is not responsible for the content of or use of any such third party websites or any hyperlink in such third party website.  You are solely responsible for your interactions with any third party website hyperlinked from this Website, including, but not limited to, your obligations and/or liabilities associated with such third party website’s terms of use or service, privacy policies, end user license agreements and/or any other terms and conditions.  Autism Consortium does not endorse, recommend or approve the content of or use of any third party website hyperlinked from this Website. Autism Consortium shall have no liability to any person or entity for the content or use of the content available through any such third party website.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE COULD INCLUDE TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS.  AUTISM CONSORTIUM PROVIDES SUCH INFORMATION AND MATERIALS TO YOU ON A STRICTLY "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.  ALTHOUGH THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS FOUND ON THIS WEBSITE HAVE BEEN PRODUCED AND PROCESSED FROM SOURCES BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IS MADE REGARDING THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY, COMPLETENESS, LEGALITY, RELIABILITY OR USEFULNESS OF ANY SUCH INFORMATION AND MATERIALS OR THE OUTCOME OF ANY THIRD PARTY RESEARCH STUDY IN WHICH YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN YOUR SOLE DISCRETION. THIS DISCLAIMER APPLIES BOTH TO ISOLATED AND AGGREGATE USES OF SUCH INFORMATION AND MATERIALS, AND AUTISM CONSORTIUM HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. 

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THESE TERMS OF USE SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS GIVING MEDICAL, BUSINESS, LEGAL, OR OTHER ADVICE, OR WARRANTING AS FAIL PROOF THE SECURITY OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY MADE TO THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT SHALL AUTISM CONSORTIUM OR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE CAUSED BY TECHNICAL FAILURES, INCLUDING MALFUNCTIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, OR DISCONNECTION IN PHONE, CABLE OR SATELLITE LINES OR NETWORK HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE; OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD

IN NO EVENT SHALL AUTISM CONSORTIUM OR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ANY THIRD PARTY RESEARCH STUDY.  PARTICIPATION IN ANY THIRD PARTY RESEARCH STUDY IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS SHALL NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

AGE RESTRICTIONS
The Website is not directed to persons under eighteen (18) years of age, and individuals under such age must not use this Website or submit any personally identifiable information in any way.

INDEMNIFICATION
You hereby undertake to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Autism Consortium and its affiliates and licensors, and all of their respective predecessors, successors, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, shareholders, partners, employees, agents, and representatives (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") from and against any and all liability and costs, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of or relating to your use of this Website and any breach by you of these Terms of Use or the representations, warranties, and covenants you have made by agreeing to these Terms of Use. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. Autism Consortium reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.

TERMINATION
Autism Consortium may terminate your access to and use of this Website if you fail to comply with or otherwise breach these Terms of Use.  Such termination shall be in Autism Consortium’s sole discretion, and Autism Consortium shall have no liability to you arising from any such termination.

GOVERNING LAW
By visiting this Website, you agree that the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, shall govern these Terms of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Autism Consortium.  Any dispute arising out of these Terms of Use shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and you hereby submit to such jurisdiction.

SITE MODIFICATION, CHANGES TO TERMS OF USE AND SEVERABILITY
Autism Consortium reserves the right to make changes to the Website and these Terms of Use at any time. If any of portion of these Terms of Use shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, such portion shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining portion.  We encourage users to frequently check this page for any changes to these Terms of Use. Your continued use of this Website shall constitute your acceptance of such new Terms of Use.  These Terms of Use were last modified in February 2012.

PRIVACY POLICY
Autism Consortium’s Privacy Policy, as made available on this Website, forms part of these Terms of Use. By using the Website, you acknowledge, accept and agree with the provisions of the Privacy Policy.

CONTACT
Any further questions concerning these Terms of Use should be directed research@autismconsortium.org