The Center for Autism is home to a team of experts in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Our Mission

To provide hope and help to children, teens, young adults, adolescents, and their families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders through excellent clinical care, innovative research, quality education & training, and community engagement.

Our Vision

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now occur in about 1 in 54 children. Our vision is to ease families’ burden by expanding the clinical services offered at The Center, by building capacity in our community through professional training and to better understand ASD through our ground-breaking research.

Our Impact

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders serves Southern California’s diverse population.

In the past year, we helped over 3,300 families through over 18,000 visits. Nearly half of these families relied on Medicaid/CalOptima and one-third were non-English speaking.

We have trained professionals throughout our community to better support these families and the community at large. While we look forward to a day where the impact of ASD is lessened, we’re committed to helping patients and their families grow in experience and understanding today.

Our History

In late 2012, the Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County provided a catalytic investment to create The Center.

The level of quality and ambition of this venture is reflected in The Center’s alignment of major partners, including University of California Irvine, Chapman University, CHOC Children’s, Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County.

When community partners such as these are committed to the vision of change, truly remarkable things happen: advocacy, innovation, funding, and transformation of services, programs, organizations, and perspectives.

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders serves Southern California's diverse population.

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Our Team

Our clinicians, researchers, support staff and administrators are committed to supporting families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 

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