About

Thompson Center 029In 2007, Bill and Nancy Thompson founded the Thompson Foundation for Autism to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Their goal was to create hope.

Today, the Foundation supports comprehensive efforts in research, education and new and evolving interventions, primarily through theĀ Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri. We also provide scholarships and financial support so that families may obtain diagnosis, treatment and support services at the Thompson Center.

The Thompson Foundation is a national leader in critical autism-related legislative efforts, and an active partner in supporting new research, interventions and education.

The Thompson Foundation acts as a policy review board for the Thompson Center and provides financial support for the Thompson Center and other entities working in the field of autism.

The foundation board is comprised of innovative, successful business and community leaders across the nation. Their commitment and vision for the foundation is to make an impact by improving the lives of children and families affected by autism.

Our Mission

The Thompson Foundation for Autism strengthens children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders through raising awareness and support for interventions, education and research.

Thompson Foundation Board of Directors

The Thompson Foundation for Autism is administered by a 20-member board committed to meeting the needs of children and families affected by autism and neurological disorders.

Board members:

  • Ron Ashworth
  • Cale Bradford
  • Tom Davis
  • Tim Fete, M.D.
  • Jose Gutierrez
  • Lora Hinkel
  • Janet L. Jacobs
  • Doug Mertens
  • Jim Moody
  • Jim Poehling
  • Jack Reis
  • Chip Robertson
  • Bill Thompson
  • Don Thompson
  • Emily Thompson
  • Nancy Thompson
  • Scott Zajac
  • Al Eberhard (ex-officio)
  • Dr. Gay Tompkins (ex-officio)
  • Dr. Stephen Kanne (ex-officio)

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