Did you know that one in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder?
Out of those children diagnosed with autism, only a subset receives services aimed at improving the child’s learning, communication, and social skills. Every year, many families are referred to our training clinic for diagnostic evaluations, behavioral interventions, and support, yet we are unable to serve them all because for some families these services are unaffordable.
Your gift would help cover the expenses of testing materials for assessments, diagnostic evaluations, early behavioral intervention services, caregiver training, and telehealth services, among others.
The Auburn University Psychological Services Center (AUPSC) and the Center for Autism Research, Treatment, and Training (CARTT) are university-based clinics that aim to provide training for future clinicians and services to members of our community. We are non-profit clinics that operate on a reduced fee basis to serve as many individuals as possible, but even that can be cost-prohibitive for some families.
Given that cost of services poses a significant barrier to some families, we want your help in eliminating this barrier. Our goal is to alleviate the financial burden some families face when seeking early services for their children with autism.
According to the Alabama Autism Surveillance Program, the number of children diagnosed with autism in our state who are able to access services at all or in a timely manner is much lower than in other states.
It has been well documented that access to early diagnosis and behavioral intervention can be a determining factor in positive outcomes later in life for children with autism, yet access to licensed providers is limited and the cost can a prohibitive barrier for some families (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019). Help us knock down a barrier for children with autism in our community!
Through your generous donations, you can help our staff and students provide exceptional and evidence-based services for children as young as 18 months with autism who would otherwise be unable to access services.
Every gift, no matter the amount, can help change the life of a child with autism.