Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disorder in the United States, affecting approximately one in 68 children. The increase in awareness and diagnosis of ASD, along with the limitations of current therapies, has necessitated more research to understand the underlying causes of ASD, the establishment of best practices in clinical care, the development of better treatments to improve lifelong outcomes, and the dissemination of educational programs to the autism community.

Far more effective and personalized therapies for ASD are needed. Early-stage basic and clinical investigations, such as those being conducted at CART, are vital to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for the treatment of ASD. However, dramatic federal cuts have slowed the pace of medical advances, risking the future health of the public, discouraging the best researchers, and threatening America’s global leadership in biomedical exploration. Statistics from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reveal that autism receives less than five percent of the research funding provided to many less prevalent childhood diseases. Overall, a staggering 93 percent of the grants submitted to the NIH remain unfunded, limiting innovative research. Traditional grants and clinical revenue are not sufficient to provide the funds needed to conduct leading-edge investigations that will improve the health and well-being of patients with ASD or those at risk for developing ASD. Private philanthropy is essential to facilitating medical advances and improving the lives of those affected by ASD. 


CART’s goal is to change the world of families impacted by ASD by understanding its causes, improving diagnosis, and developing transformative therapies. UCLA faculty envision a world where the cause of ASD is identified in each patient, and that patient then is offered therapy tailored to his or her specific form of ASD in a way that leads to the best possible outcome.

How your gift helps?

Your support will help CART continue to expand its research, treatment, and community outreach activities to improve the lives of countless children, adults, and families with autism spectrum disorders. You can help us serve more children, adolescents, and young adults with autism – along with their families – ensuring their access to the training, support, and opportunities they need.

How can I make a donation?


To make a donation online, click here.

By Check:

To make a donation by check, please make your donation by check payable to The UCLA Fund and specify CART Fund #618040 in the memo line. Mail the check to Elizabeth Trejo, Director of Development, Office of Development for Neuroscience, UCLA Health Science Development, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Suite 3132, Los Angeles, California 90095-1784.

How can I learn more?

For more information on giving to CART, please contact Elizabeth Trejo, Director of Development at (310) 794-4356.