Autism Partnership Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding our understanding of effective and empirically-supported treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder through innovative research, improving the quality of services through national and international training and consultation, and most importantly, increasing the availability of effective treatment to children with ASD and their families.
It is disheartening to know that thousands of lives of children diagnosed with ASD could be changed forever with effective and intensive treatment; but that quality treatment is out of reach to all too many children. Drs. Ron Leaf and John McEachin understood this too well. Playing an integral role in the seminal work of Ivar Lovaas on the UCLA Young Autism Project and continuing their work around the world for over 40 years, they had an unyielding hope of reaching those children and ensuring effective treatment could be accessible to all. It is this vision that led to the founding of the Autism Partnership Foundation.
Too many families are given false promises of interventions that simply have no empirical support. Without well supported research, dreams are lost on treatment that fails to produce meaningful change. Under the leadership of Justin Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D, APF’s research department continues to discover and develop cutting edge treatment and ABA-based strategies that make a difference in the lives of children with ASD.
Autism Partnership Foundation is committed to broadening the community of skilled educators, service providers and family members. To further this mission, APF has founded the Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, a training institute in Seal Beach, California, committed to furthering the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder by promoting expertise in the application of behavioral treatment. APF is also proud to sponsor world-wide training, consultation and education promoting the understanding and implementation of evidence-based treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.