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Spring 2018

One in 64 children in Georgia may receive an autism diagnosis. Autism often means that a child’s brain works a little differently and can affect how kids understand and relate to others. An autism diagnosis can be overwhelming for a child and a parent, but it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to donors like you, our families have access to evidence-based treatments and support services needed to help their child with autism reach their greatest potential. For many families that have a child with autism, even the simplest milestones are something to celebrate.

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Marcus Autism Center is a not-for-profit organization and subsidiary of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta that treats more than 5,500 children with autism and related disorders a year. As one of the largest autism centers in the U.S. and one of only five National Institutes of Health (NIH) Autism Centers of Excellence, Marcus Autism Center offers families access to the latest research, comprehensive evaluations and intensive behavior treatments. With the help of research grants, community support and government funding, Marcus Autism Center aims to maximize the potential of children with autism today and transform the nature of autism for future generations.

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When It’s Personal

During his career working with Scientific Atlanta, Allen Ecker, PhD, had no idea that his experience would one day help his grandson who has autism. Seven years ago, three things he loves in life – technology, his grandson and helping others – came together when he joined Marcus Autism Center’s Board of Trustees.

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Preschool Program Launches at Marcus Autism Center
We are thrilled to announce Marcus Autism Center's new inclusive Preschool Program for toddlers with and without autism. “The goal of the Preschool Program is to provide a safe and welcoming community for all children to learn and grow to their full potential,” said Michael Siller, PhD, Preschool Program Director. “The program will operate both as a school and as a center of research on preschool education. We aim to unlock the potential of inclusive classrooms here at Marcus Autism Center, partner with preschool programs in the community, and share strategies for making inclusion a reality for toddlers with and without autism in Georgia and beyond.”

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Move the Science of Autism Forward
At Marcus Autism Center, we know that research is the key to proper diagnosis, early intervention and groundbreaking discoveries for children with autism. You can help transform the future for kids with autism by enrolling your child in one of our easy research studies. Together, we can change the future.
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Support Marcus Autism Center
As a not-for-profit organization, Marcus Autism Center relies on the generous financial and volunteer support of our community. Your donations directly impact the lives of each family served by Marcus Autism Center and support the programs and services we offer.
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Sustaining Gift
Scheduling an online recurring monthly gift is a great way to make an ongoing impact on the health and happiness of our patients. As a not-for-profit organization, Children's relies on the Centennial Circle of donors who give monthly to provide a consistent and reliable source of funding to ensure we are here for the next 100 years. Your monthly gift of at least $19.15, in honor of our founding year, is a meaningful way to show your support for our community’s children.
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April 29
2018 Autism Speaks Atlanta Walk
in Partnership with the Marcus Autism Center

Start a team, join a team or come on your own.
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  June 2
Strong4Life Superhero Sprint
Wear your favorite superhero gear and
use your superpowers to walk,
run or sprint to the finish line.

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Nov. 30
Season of Hope
Celebrate the holidays at the inaugural Season of Hope benefiting Marcus Autism Center at Children’s
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events that benefit the kids at Children’s

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The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation is now located at University Office Park Dartmouth Building • 3395 NE Expressway • Suite 100 • Atlanta, GA 30341

Egleston • Hughes Spalding • Scottish Rite

As Georgia’s premier not-for-profit pediatric health system, Children’s serves
our community with three hospitals, eight urgent care centers and
28 neighborhood locations throughout the state.
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