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UC Irvine autism experts to address state senate committee

Autism experts with the UC Irvine School of Medicine will address members of the California Legislature’s Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The event will take place at the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California in Santa Ana.

Research and treatment funding needed

They and other speakers will discuss the importance of supporting autism research and treatment, focusing on an entrepreneurial philanthropy model pioneered by the center. It’s a partnership among the UC Irvine School of Medicine, CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies, the William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation and the Children & Families Commission of Orange County.

The informational hearing, to be led by state Sen. Lou Correa, will give an overview of the autism-related challenges and opportunities that currently exist in academia.

Public and private partnership

Through a first-of-its-kind public/private partnership, the William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation and the Children & Families Commission of Orange County provided $14.8 million to create the autism center, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to clinical care, education, research and community support.

The event will be streamed live on the committee’s website at http://autism.senate.ca.gov/.

For more information, contact the center at 714-939-6118.

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