Knowing that children and families affected by autism need a strong and powerful advocate, the Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment leads initiatives to influence policy, improve protections, and garner government support for programs that benefit this community. The policy initiatives are designed to improve access to affordable care and reduce barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment.
The Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment has gained national prominence for its efforts in crafting and shepherding successful legislation through the Missouri Legislature that requires insurance providers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism, including behavioral therapy.
Through the advocacy of Board President Ron Ashworth, Missouri became the 21st state to require private insurance companies to cover a variety of care and therapy for autistic children, including Applied Behavior Analysis.
The Thompson Foundation secured $5 million in funding to purchase the current Thompson Center Clinical Building.
With a joint effort of the Thompson Foundation and Thompson Center, this bill established the Missouri Commission of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Office for Autism Services. In 2022, the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders set a goal of developing a “roadmap” for the lifespan of all people with autism in Missouri. Learn more.