ABOUT UCLA CART
The goal of UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) is to change the world of families impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by understanding its causes, improving diagnosis, and developing transformative therapies.
As the end-of-year approaches, the CART is focused on two major center-wide initiatives focused on increasing access:
1. Scholarships for underrepresented students in the CART Sigman Scholars Research Program
CART's goal is to train the most outstanding students to become the physicians, psychologists, and researchers who will propel this field into a future of improved understanding and treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recognizing the need to continue to work to reduce the known racial disparities in the field of autism research, treatment, and training, our goal is to raise money to provide scholarships to underrepresented high school and undergraduate students in the CART Sigman Scholars Research Program to increase student access and exposure to science and the field of autism. This program brings students interested in pursuing a career focused on ASD into CART labs for an in-depth research experience working with world-renown CART faculty in the areas of both basic and clinical research, and across disciplines including genetics, psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and education.
2. Scholarships for low income families to access the full range of care available at the clinics
CART believes that every patient should have access to the full range of care available at the clinics, and should not have to forgo potentially helpful tests, therapies, or treatments because of cost or other barriers.
When a child is diagnosed with autism, developmental delay, or intellectual disability, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Low income families continue to struggle with finding and accessing the best professionals needed to help their children, due to:
- Knowledge gap about these conditions
- Limited access to neurodevelopmental and neurogenetic specialists
- Financial barriers to specialty clinical care, cutting edge diagnostics, and access to research
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Donate today! Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of the year.
SOME OF THE PROGRAMS YOUR DONATION WILL FUND...
- Scholarships for underrepresented students in the Sigman Scholars Research Program
- Scholarships to treat patients regardless of their ability to pay
- Enhanced support for staff and clinicians (social workers, resource specialists, and clinicians)
- Capital improvements to increase patient comfort
MORE ABOUT CART'S WORK
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disorder in the United States affecting approximately one in 54 children (Center for Disease Control).
A fundamental goal of CART is to train the most outstanding students to become the physicians, psychologist, and researchers who will propel this field into a future of improved understanding of and treatment for individuals with ASD.
CART operates two multidisciplinary outpatient clinics to treat individuals and families with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders that have a suspected or determined genetic cause.
- The Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic lead by Dr. James McCracken and Dr. Amanda Gulsrud tests and treats children and adults with neurodevelopmental conditions and social development impairments related to autism, developmental delays, and genetic conditions.
- The Care and Research in Neurogenetics (CARING) Clinic lead by Dr. Shafali Jeste, evaluates and treats children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders that have a suspected or determined genetic cause. Experts in neurology, psychiatry, genetics, social work, and clinical psychology collaborate on personalized plans for treatment and therapies, enabling the CARING team to build stronger relationships with patients, work more effectively, and results in improved clinical outcomes for long-term treatment.
CART scientists conduct cutting-edge research to understand the underlying causes of ASD, establish best practices in clinical care, and develop better treatments to improve lifelong outcomes.
For information about UCLA CART, please visit our website at www.autism.ucla.edu.
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