about the thompson foundation & center

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In 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 the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri. The Foundation also provides 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. It also 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. 

Proceeds from the Annual Gala support autism programs at the Thompson Center. Over the last 13 years, this event has raised over $5.8 million through direct donations at this event.

THOMPSON CENTER for autism & neurodevelopmentAL disorders

The Thompson Center was established in 2005 with a generous gift from Bill and Nancy Thompson. The Center, a national leader in clinical care, education and training, and cutting edge research, offers diagnostic, assessment and treatment services that emphasize family-centered care that is comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and accessible for all.  

The Thompson Center for Autism is an amazing place of hope with close to 100 faculty and affiliated staff members of the University of Missouri collaborating to find the best answers for families impacted by autism. In the last year, the Center has seen about 4,000 individual patients for a total of more than 15,000 visits. Nearly 800 of these visits were new referrals for autism.

In April 2014, The Mercy Autism Center, a Mercy Kids program, and the Thompson Center announced a partnership. The collaboration is based on the complementary strengths of the two entities and shared commitment to fostering evidence-based care for kids with autism spectrum disorders. By working together, the hope is to expand educational and research capacities while enhancing clinical and family-centered services for ASD within the St. Louis region.