According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism spectrum disorders affect one in 110 children and one in 70 boys. An estimated 1 million to 1.5 million American adults and children live with an autism spectrum disorder.
The establishment of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain was made possible by guidance and support from our generous contributors. New York Collaborates for Autism, led by Laura Slatkin and Ilene Lainer, and a generous contribution from Marilyn and Jim Simons of the Simons Foundation provided essential guidance and support to establish the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Additional support for the Center is provided by Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism research and advocacy organization, founded by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Trustee Bob Wright and his wife, Suzanne as well as the Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation.
In June 2011, Catherine Lord, Ph.D., was named Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Dr. Lord is a leading authority on autism that is helping transform the way autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed and treated. Prior to her arrival, she led the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center in Ann Arbor.
To make a donation to support the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, please visit nyp.org/giving.
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