History

Established in 1990

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders was established in 1990 by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh.

Dr. Granpeesheh studied autism treatment for 12 years under the direction of renowned autism treatment scientist Dr. Ivar Lovaas at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lovaas discovered that intensive early intervention using applied behavior analysis treatment yielded a 47 percent recovery rate among individuals with autism who participated in his study.

Building off these findings, Dr. Granpeesheh opened the first CARD center in Los Angeles, California, in 1990. Together with her associates, Dr. Granpeesheh authored a treatment curriculum for individuals diagnosed with autism now known as the CARD Model. Dr. Granpeesheh has trained thousands of technicians and behavior analysts on this methodology and has successfully treated and recovered tens of thousands of individuals. Today, CARD has locations throughout the United States. In addition, CARD provides parent and therapist training and consultation worldwide through its Remote Clinical Services.

CARD is committed to remaining at the forefront of research on ABA-based methods of autism assessment and treatment. As such, CARD is the third largest non-governmental organization contributing to autism research in the United States. In August 2009, CARD researchers published the first-ever study to document recovery in a large group of individuals with autism. Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Records in 38 Cases of Recovery from Autism, published in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, earned Dr. Granpeesheh the prestigious American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists 2011 George Winokur Research Award.

CARD is equally committed to developing technology to make autism treatment available to professionals and families around the world. Based on over 30 years of research on individual development and autism, CARD’s breakthrough web-based tool, Skills®, provides comprehensive skill assessment, individualized curriculum design, and the ability to track treatment progress with automatically-generated graphs and clinical timeline charts. Skills® is designed to teach over 8,000 age-appropriate skills to individuals with autism, making it the most in-depth, multidisciplinary system of its kind in the world.

CARD strives for success and even recovery for every individual it treats.