Give a gift of hope by supporting a patient, family or program
Your gift to Marcus Autism Center meets at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact. Marcus Autism Center offers the most programs and research of any autism center in the U.S. This is made possible through donor support. Annually, $10 million is required for services, programs and research.
The Difference We Could Make Together
Here is what your donation could make possible:
• Transform healthcare delivery for children with autism spectrum disorder
• Create financially sustainable programs and services
• Purchase leading-edge equipment
• Further enhance care to improve outcomes
We know that, as donors, you don’t want to just keep the lights on. You want to change the world. At Marcus Autism Center, keeping the lights on will change the world.
On behalf of all the families at Marcus Autism Center, thank you. With your contribution, families will receive the care they so desperately need.
Meet the Samsky family
Celebrating success and helping others do the same
MARCUS AUTISM CENTER CAMPUS
A highly intelligent toddler, Connor taught himself to read at age 2. But, he was not developing spoken communication skills or maintaining eye contact.
A preschool teacher called Connor’s parents with her concerns, which led the family to Marcus Autism Center for diagnosis and treatment. For seven years, Connor received daily speech and occupational therapy, had a school facilitator and practiced at home.
Connor learned how to communicate with others and to have relationships. “I believe early intervention changes a child’s destiny,” says Connor’s mom, Louise. “A child who needs help and is not getting it is getting behind.”
Today, Connor is a successful, independent young adult who enjoys history and speaks Spanish. As a 2017 summer intern in the spoken communication lab at Marcus Autism Center, Connor assists others with autism spectrum disorder and serves as a role model.
The Samskys advocate for funding of ASD research and
early intervention and donate to Marcus Autism Center. “Marcus Autism Center treats children from all walks of life and backgrounds,” Louise says. “What’s striking to us is the statistic that 1 in 68 children has a chance of being diagnosed with autism.”
Meet the Chapmans
Transforming how families receive services
The Chapmans know the challenges faced by parents when their child is diagnosed with a potentially devastating, lifelong condition. They partnered with Marcus Autism Center to change the way services are delivered to families and the community.
Like many families, autism found its way into the Chapman family when their grandson was diagnosed. They established the Tom and Karen Chapman Care Coordination Services to help all families. These specialized services and team members function as ambassadors and coordinators to help patients and families with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis navigate their healthcare experience.
Tom and Karen Chapman Care Coordination Services provide:
• A consistent, supportive person to assist families in navigating complex systems of care
• Links to local service providers for therapies and services
• Emotional support and stress management tools
• Resources from and referrals to community programs for family support
• Educational programs for families raising children with ASD
The Chapmans’ gift transforms Marcus Autism Center at its core, expanding community impact and supporting caregivers—parents, grandparents and families—like never before.
Flip the therapy dog reduces children’s anxiety in new or challenging situations and motivates children to communicate and interact.
Our f irst canine employee
Meet the Glenn Family
Building brighter futures
“Our family foundation wanted to make a gift in my father’s name. My dad believed in meaningful gifts that would make a difference for a long time and wanted to leave something to Marcus Autism Center to benefit my children and to help so many others. The work of Marcus Autism Center is so important.” –Saunders Glenn Bohan
Bob Glenn took a vested interested in Marcus Autism Center when his twin granddaughters were diagnosed with autism. "When they were 3 years old, we noticed Lilly and Sarah weren't keeping up developmentally with their peers," said the girls’ mother, Saunders. "Twins are hard as it is, but this diagnosis made it even more challenging. My dad encouraged me to come to Marcus Autism Center from Virginia. Every one of our experiences was so positive, and we have so much more freedom now as a result.”
Bob saw the difference Marcus Autism Center made for his granddaughters and made it the beneficiary of a $200,000 individual retirement account. His promise became a gift when Bob passed away in 2016. With an additional $50,000 gift by the Jack and Anne Glenn Foundation, the Robert J. Glenn Autism Research Endowment was created and will exist in perpetuity.
A momma helps autism professionals
“I participated on a panel as the voice of a parent and family, sharing my perspective of an autism diagnosis with professionals from Marcus Autism Center and Emory University School of Medicine. I had no idea what a small-town momma could offer to this crowd whose very jobs are focused on autism diagnoses, treatment, research, and advocacy. But, I learned a momma CAN make a difference by offering a human perspective to research.
I shared the emotion of the process of diagnosis:
• How families find a way to connect through autism
• What it’s like to share our diagnosis to those who are unaware
• The guilt and grief that happens after receiving a diagnosis
• The love that doesn’t change with a diagnosis
• Seeing the kindness behind peoples’ actions, even if their words aren’t what you want to hear
I talked about when people see Dawson—our totally Awesome Dawson—how much I hope they see the things that are wonderful about him, not just the things that are tough for him. I shared my view through the eyes of love.” - Renee B., Dawson’s mom