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Advancing professional standards and treatment of individuals with autism through research and training.
The latest statistics from the CDC are sobering: about 1 in every 59 children receive a diagnosis of ASD. The need for effective and accessible treatment is greater than ever, and the importance of continuing to develop what we know about ASD and how quality behavioral interventions can most effectively address this complex disorder is vital.
The lives of countless children diagnosed with ASD could be changed forever with quality behavioral intervention, but that intervention is out of reach for too many children and their families. To complicate things further, many families receive false promises of interventions with little to no empirical support or of very limited quality. Drs. Ron Leaf and John McEachin understood these problems all too well. Playing an integral role in the seminal work of Dr. Ivar Lovaas on the UCLA Young Autism Project and continuing their work for over 40 years, they had the unyielding hope of reaching those children and ensuring quality, effective intervention could be accessible to all. It is this vision that led to the founding of APF.