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MISSION STATEMENT

In 1994 Drs. McEachin and Leaf formed Autism Partnership to meet the tremendous need for comprehensive services to families with autistic children and adolescents. Based upon the founders' extensive and unique experiences in providing behavioral treatment to children, adolescents and adults, they have developed a comprehensive treatment program that provides a variety of services. Autism Partnership’s senior staff started their work together back in the 1970's at the UCLA Young Autism Project. Under the mentoring of Dr. Ivar. Lovaas, a pioneer in the treatment of Autism, John McEachin, Ron Leaf, Mitch Taubman, Tracee Parker, Sandy Slater and Andi Waks learned their profession. They were involved in all aspects of this seminal project including development of curriculum and behavioral intervention strategies, implementing and supervising treatment, training therapists, teachers and parents, teaching classes, and conducting research. While at UCLA, they contributed to seminal works including books, research publications, and scientific conference presentations. More recently they have published some widely used books including: A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism; It’s Time for School: Building Quality ABA Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has to be Said. The Staff of Autism Partnership speak at national and international conferences and have published numerous research articles which have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals.