The National Autism Center is funded by individual donors and grants.

The National Autism Center, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, relies on the generosity of private donations from individuals, corporate sponsors, and foundations to develop National Standards of Practice guidelines and to support its research, training, and resource sharing mission. The Center is dedicated to disseminating free information about the most up-to-date evidence-based interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for children and adults, and to shaping the national dialogue about the most effective, research-validated responses to treating autism.

Financial support is also offered by May Institute, a direct service provider for autistic children and adults, and those with other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. The National Autism Center is May Institute’s Center for the Promotion of Evidence-based Practice.

The National Autism Center does not receive any public funding, but is generously supported by civilian and military families who contribute annually towards its mission through the Combined Federal Campaign.

Grant funding from private and corporate entities has enabled the Center to expand its training capacity, national outreach, and educational resources. Funded projects have included:

  • A multi-state outreach and training project funded by Autism Speaks to help military families who have autistic children learn how to help their children through evidence-based practices and behavioral support interventions
  • An American Legion Child Welfare Funded project to disseminate nationwide an Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools manual for educators and school personnel