Our Mission

Our Mission

The mission of the Summit Autism Center is to facilitate collaboration with academic and research partners to study therapeutic interventions for individuals with autism with the goal of improving independence and long-term outcomes for this population.


Who We Are

With a staff of more than 500, a large population of students with autism, and a group of respected collaborators, Summit is uniquely positioned to fill a void in the area of autism research and treatment.  Our staff includes ten doctoral level practitioners, ten board certified behavior analysts, and more than 200 additional professionals with master’s degrees.


What We Do

Our objective is to collaborate with academic institution and research partners to:
1. Apply accepted research methodology to scientifically validate out major intervention models
2. Conduct research that provides a better understanding of how children with autism learn and which instructional methods work more effectively
3. Disseminate what is learned through publishing, training, and consulting
4. Advocate for individuals with autism and their families by influencing public policy decisions

Latest Autism News


Google is teaming up with Autism Speaks to build the largest autism genome database to date

Autism Speaks 10,000 Genomes Program will use Google Cloud to accelerate advances in autism diagnosis, subtyping and treatment … [Read More...]

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New research may help explain why autism is more common among the children of older mothers

Autism Speaks fellow studied children of older mothers; found evidence of environmental influences that may affect brain development … [Read More...]

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Non-verbal teenager with autism received standing ovation for awe-inspiring graduation speech

Dillan Marmache, a 14-year-old with autism, has dealt with many challenges growing up. … [Read More...]

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New study estimates lifetime costs of autism average from $1.4 million to $2.4 million

Landmark study, funded by Autism Speaks, provides crucial information for public policy and service planning across the lifespan. … [Read More...]