Terms and Conditions
Use of the site and description of service
Simons Searchlight is an online community that supports families with rare genetic changes (also called “genomic variants”) associated with features of autism and developmental delay. We provide access to resources, information and family support. The purpose of the Simons Searchlight web portal is to allow individuals, families and medical and research providers to register certain information on the website’s registry database. The information provided by the registrant, during registration, is maintained in a secured database and will never be shared without the registrant’s express consent.
The Simons Searchlight web portal will include a number of features and functions, such as
- the ability to search for and read original and reproduced news articles and opinion pieces,
- the ability to view informational videos;
- the ability to participate in webinars;
- the ability to search for, read about and participate in human subjects research;
- the ability to match participants, based on the data they enter, with content, communities and studies;
- the ability to see aggregate data on communities of research participants;
- the ability to upload and organize related medical records; and
- the ability to document family history of medical conditions.
You understand that by using the site, you may be exposed to content that may include technical, typographical, scientific or photographic errors or that may be offensive, indecent or objectionable. If you find any inaccurate, out-of-date or incomplete information or content on this website, or if you suspect that any content posted on this site is an infringement of another’s intellectual property rights or is otherwise unlawful, please let us know immediately by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take reasonable measures to review and investigate all inquiries, and we reserve the right to take any action (or to refrain from action) as we deem appropriate under the circumstances.
Simons Searchlight is dedicated to advancing the science of genetic changes related to autism. We are a partnership of leading scientists, researchers, and families. We believe the only way to make meaningful advances is to do it together. At the same time, we recognize that multiple organizations may exist to support a single genetic condition. These organizations may have official nonprofit status or may simply be a community of families who have connected through social media. Simons Searchlight values and encourages collaboration, transparency and open information sharing among interested parties and prioritizes working with groups who share these same values. We work as a neutral party with organizations and aim to provide inclusive information, resources and research opportunities to the entire community.
All content produced by Simons Searchlight is owned and managed by the Simons Foundation. If we suspect that an individual or organization is working in bad faith or at counter purposes to the mission of Simons Searchlight, we reserve the right to request removal of Simons Searchlight content from the individual’s or organization’s website and social media feeds.
Not medical advice
The content contained on this site and any communications with the Simons Searchlight team via the website is not intended to and does not constitute medical advice, and no doctor/patient relationship is formed. Simons Searchlight and the Simons Foundation accept no liability for the website’s content or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. The accuracy, completeness, adequacy or currency of the content is not warranted or guaranteed. The use of information on the site or materials linked from the site is at the user’s own risk. The contents of the site — such as text, graphics, images and other materials — are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Users should always seek the advice of physicians or other qualified health providers with any questions regarding a medical condition. Users should never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something on the site. The site does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, opinions or other information that might be mentioned on the site.
Intellectual property rights
All content on this site is the property of the Simons Foundation or its affiliates, licensors or third-party content providers, including our visitors. The Simons Foundation reserves all rights and title to all original and copyrightable materials on the site of which we are the author or for which we have otherwise obtained title, including but not limited to the text, design, manuals, information, content, graphics, images, pictures, sound and other files and the selection, compilation and arrangement thereof in its collective sense. You will not copy, modify, redistribute, broadcast, publish, adapt, translate, prepare derivative works from, commercially exploit, sell, license, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise attempt to derive source code from any of our services, software, content or documentation, or create or attempt to create a substitute or similar service or product through use of or access to this site or any related site or proprietary information related thereto, without our prior written consent. Reprinting or any other public display of our original content without express written permission is prohibited. Furthermore, you may not remove or obscure the copyright notice or any other notices contained in the site or in anything retrieved or downloaded from it.
The names, trademarks, service marks and design marks (including logos) used on this site are the property of the Simons Foundation or its affiliates, licensors or third-party content providers, and you will not use any such name or mark in any advertising or publicity or otherwise to indicate the sponsorship of or affiliation with any product or service, without the prior written consent of the owner of any such name or mark.
Accepted standards of behavior
We encourage you to use the website but to do so responsibly. In doing so, you agree to abide by the following rules:
- not to make any personal attack on any person, group of people, firm or company;
- not to submit, or create any link to, any defamatory, obscene or profane (even if disguised with asterisk or other typography), indecent, lewd, pornographic, violent, abusive, offensive, insulting, threatening, menacing, unlawful or blasphemous material;
- not to submit, or create any link to, any material that is an invasion of privacy, a breach of any data protection principle or legislation, a malicious falsehood or seditious libel, a contempt of court or that is likely to incite or is capable of inciting violence, racial hatred, sadism or cruelty or that encourages any unlawful or illegal act or omission;
- not to submit, or create any link to, any material that is intentionally false or that is misleading, or that causes annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety or that is potentially damaging or harmful;
- not to infringe on any of Simons Foundation’s or other third party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy;
- not to impersonate anyone else, whether a public figure, a member of our staff, a forum moderator, administrator or host, or other visitor of this site;
- not to state or represent falsely that you are connected to, or affiliated with, any individual or entity;
- not to transmit or otherwise make available any personal information of any individual or any material protected by copyright, trademark, publicity, privacy or other proprietary right without the express permission of such individual or the owner of such rights, respectively;
- not to promote or advertise, or engage in any other form of marketing, including (without limitation) chain letters or pyramid selling, even if you are acting on behalf of a nonprofit organization or a charity;
- not to disclose, post, publish, display, or transmit any of the website content, without the written consent of Simons Foundation;
- not knowingly to violate any law or regulation while using our website;
- not to use our website to collect personal data about other individuals;
- not to submit, or create a link to, any file that contains any virus, corrupted data, Trojan horse or anything else that might damage, destroy or render inaccessible any data or files on any computer;
- not to use the website as a forwarding service to another website;
- not to stalk or otherwise harass another person; and
- not try to circumvent the security features of this website, or tamper with, hack into or in any other way disrupt or disable any computer system, server, website, router or other device used to host this website or make it available.
Revisions and errata, non-reliance, and waiver of liability
The materials appearing on the Simons Searchlight web portal may include technical, typographical, scientific or photographic errors. We do not warrant that any of the materials on our website are accurate, complete or current, or that the site will operate error free or without interruption. We shall not be liable to you or any third party for any loss or damage of any kind arising from your use of this site, or your dissemination of or reliance on any content contained on this site, and you hereby waive any claim against us and our employees, officers, directors and agents regarding your use of, dissemination of or reliance on this site.
We may make changes to the materials contained on the Simons Searchlight web portal at any time without notice. However, we do not make any commitment to update the materials.
You acknowledge and agree that we have no responsibility for the information, content, products, services, advertising, code or other materials which may or may not be provided by or through other websites that are linked to this site, even if they are owned or run by affiliates or partners of ours. We have no control over their content or availability.
Any opinion, advice, statement, service, offer or information or content provided or made by any third party on this website, or on any website to which this website is linked, is that of the author or provider, and not of the Simons Foundation.
You should direct any concern about any other website to that site’s website administrator or webmaster.
Governing law and jurisdiction
Disclaimers and limitation of Liability
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