The resources generated by the Thompson Foundation are used to support programs, facilities and professionals working in the field of autism at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Columbia, Missouri, and other national and statewide autism programs.

Our Mission

The Thompson Foundation for Autism supports clinical services, research and training, primarily through the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU. The Thompson Foundation is a national leader in autism-related legislative efforts. We are a 15-year story of proven success in autism treatment, research and training. Last year alone we had 14,500 clinical visits.

The Thompson Center’s assessment and treatment services emphasize family-centered care that is comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and accessible for all. Our aim is to support families from the point of initial contact through access to needed services in the community, with routine follow-up care over time to ensure the best possible outcome for each child and family.

The Thompson Foundation compliments our support of groundbreaking research and clinical services at the Thompson Center with efforts to positively influence autism-related legislation and education across the nation.

One notable educational effort is Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-based Interventions. The guide is designed to help families, healthcare providers and educators make informed decisions about selecting and implementing interventions for autism spectrum disorders.

The first of its kind, the publication summarizes six recent nationally recognized systematic research reviews of evidence-based ASD interventions and has garnered positive reviews from professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Autism Speaks.

The guide is a collaborative effort among the Thompson Foundation, the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo.

Funding for the printing and dissemination of the publication was provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The Thompson Foundation is a national leader in addressing autism-related legislation and best practices.

The Thompson Foundation also has gained national prominence for our 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.

According to former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, the successful effort means that “thousands of families in Missouri will no longer face the agonizing decision to sacrifice financial well-being in order to get this vital treatment for their children.” 

Please join us in this valuable work by contributing to the Thompson Foundation today.

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