Why Marcus Autism Center
Help us bridge the gap for kids and families in need of quality autism care.
More children have autism than all childhood cancers, juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined. In fact, one in 59 kids in the U.S. is living with autism. These children deserve happy and productive lives.
The progress we’ve made so far is just the beginning. The world we imagine, where all vulnerable children have the resources they need to fulfill their promise, is truly within our reach.
We rely on your support to help make breakthrough discoveries for kids with autism. In order to keep making extraordinary strides in our quest to better understand the disorder, we need your help.
We lead the way in innovations and research
Early detection of autism is the difference between a life of limitations and a child’s ability to reach her full potential. Marcus Autism Center leads the way in early detection and intervention starting at the very first signs of developmental delay.
Our neuroimaging research is mapping brain and behavior in newborns and infants. Unless we can learn how the brain grows in this crucial time of development, we’ll never get the answers we need to effectively target therapies for autism.
Currently, our eye-tracking technology is teaching researchers what babies look at and what they don’t. This has informed our work that will help diagnosis autism early in infancy.
With our efforts and through collaborations with premier academic institutions nationwide, we’re turning groundbreaking research into practice for children and families affected by autism.
We’re focused on children
Our expert clinicians and researchers are relentless in their pursuit of diagnostic methods and processes to help children earlier. As a result, we are one of the few centers in the country that has a strong record of diagnosing autism in children as young as 18 months. By diagnosing at the earliest sign of developmental delays, we’re able to treat children before associated symptoms of autism progress.
We share our discoveries
Our outreach programs in schools and communities raise the bar for educating children with autism. By equipping teachers and paraprofessionals with cutting-edge educational techniques, we’re helping children with autism learn more effectively and build important peer relationships with their classmates that will lead to a better quality of life.
More than 75 percent of our yearly funding comes from community support. Your gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference.