The Thompson Foundation is a national leader in autism-related legislative efforts, research, interventions, and education. 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 clinical services, research and training, primarily through the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri. Proceeds from the Annual Gala support autism programs at the Thompson Center. Over the last 14 years, this event has raised over $6 million through direct donations at this event.
The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is a national leader in confronting the challenges of autism spectrum disorder & other developmental conditions through its collaborative research, training and service programs. The mission of the Thompson Center is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders through world class programs that integrate research, clinical service delivery, education and public policy.
The Thompson Center was inaugurated in 2005 with a generous gift from William and Nancy Thompson. Based on the medical home model, the Thompson Center's diagnostic, assessment and treatment services emphasize family-centered care that is comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and accessible for all. The Thompson Center's aim is to support families from the point of initial contact through access to needed services in the community, with routine follow-up care over time to ensure the best possible outcome for each child and family.