Our Impact



It is difficult for a single institution to address the complex medical and scientific issues presented by the condition of autism, so we have created a coalition with our founding beneficiary partners – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.  This coalition will bring fresh ways of thinking and additional resources to the field of autism research. What we learn here will be shared nationally and globally, so that everyone affected by autism can benefit from our collaborative efforts. We know that with your support we will be advancing autism research together.


Autism Integrated Care Program and Center for Autism Research

We care for more than 10,000 patients with autism each year in almost every clinical area at CHOP, and teams from our Center for Autism Research and Autism Integrated Care Program – which include rehabilitation therapists, developmental pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, geneticists, psychiatrists, advance practice nurses, social workers and many others – have led breakthroughs for children and families, from making earlier diagnosis possible to improving therapies and access to services.

The causes of autism are still unclear, and there is no cure, but our team of expert researchers and clinicians is committed to accelerating groundbreaking research while delivering clinical care that based in proven best-practices  to benefit families at CHOP and across the country.  Our multidisciplinary team is partnering with our patients and their families to develop personalized treatments tailored to each person’s unique characteristics. Together, we will make discoveries that can dramatically improve the lives of individuals with autism from childhood through adulthood.


A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Launched in 2012, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is the first research organization dedicated to bringing a public health approach to understanding and addressing the challenges of autism spectrum disorders. An interdisciplinary team of world-class researchers explores autism’s character, causes, and consequences in order to develop community-based action to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism of all ages. The Institute’s research is rooted in the community and involves diverse populations; the science is broad-based, with a team that includes epidemiologists, community psychologists, environmental health scientists, and health and education policy research specialists.

Jefferson Hospital

Autism and Sensory
Integration Lab

Jefferson researchers are seeking to understand the underlying causes of Autism by working to unlock the fundamental building blocks that control neuronal communication with particular focus on reasons Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders impacts more boys than girls. These efforts will help to identify novel therapeutic approaches.

Jefferson also recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of the Autism community. Nearly 9 in 10 children and adults with Autism have sensory difficulties that can interfere with everyday activities. They may be hypersensitive to sounds, sights, and the feel of fabric or other sensations. These issues can be debilitating, affecting learning, socializing, and even basic needs like eating. Jefferson’s Autism and Sensory Integration Lab uses sensory integration principles and occupational therapy–based programs that are customized to each child’s or adult’s needs to help children and families lead satisfying and fulfilling lives.