Mission Statement

In 1994 Drs. McEachin and Leaf formed Autism Partnership to meet the tremendous need for comprehensive services to families with children and adolescents who have autism. Based upon the founders' extensive and unique experiences in providing behavioural treatment to children, adolescents and adults, they have developed a comprehensive treatment program that provides a variety of services.

Autism Partnership’s senior staff started their work together back in the 1970's at the UCLA Young Autism Project. Under the mentoring of Dr. Ivar. Lovaas, a pioneer in the treatment of Autism, John McEachin, Ron Leaf, Mitch Taubman, Tracee Parker, Sandy Slater and Andi Waks learned their profession. They were involved in all aspects of this seminal project including development of curriculum and behavioural intervention strategies, implementing and supervising treatment, training therapists, teachers and parents, teaching classes, and conducting research.

While at UCLA, they contributed to seminal works including books, research publications, and scientific conference presentations. More recently they have published some widely used books including: A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism; It’s Time for School: Building Quality ABA Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has to be Said. The Staff of Autism Partnership speak at national and international conferences and have published numerous research articles which have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

AP Australia

Autism Partnership Australia was established in 1998 to provide a comprehensive service to families and professionals caring for individuals with an ASD throughout Australia. Our method is based on an established and systematic evidence-based strategy, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which has been proven scientifically to be the most effective treatment for children with autism. The Australian branch of Autism Partnership includes around 90 staff, based predominantly in Victoria and Queensland.

In October 2015, Autism Partnership formally merged with The Centre for Inclusive Schooling of Children with Autism (CISCA). CISCA was established in 2008 to provide a range of consultation services, information, education and resources to schools and families of children with ASD. 

Quick Facts about Autism Partnership

  • AP Australia commenced business in 1998. Our parent company started in Los Angeles, USA in 1994.
  • AP comprises of over 200 full time staff in our 11 offices worldwide.
  • AP has consulted to families and schools in over 20 countries.
  • In 1999 our Directors published one of the most recommended books on behavioural intervention, entitled "A Work In Progress". Other books are now in print.
  • The AP Directors, Dr Ron Leaf and Dr John McEachin, have over 30 years experience in the treatment of autism and are considered to be leading authorities in the field.
  • In Australia, AP has sites in Melbourne, Geelong and Brisbane/Gold Coast.
  • AP's Program Supervisors come from a variety of academic studies, such as psychology, education and disability studies. They have many years of experience working with children diagnosed with autism.
  • Our method, contemporary Applied Behavioural Analysis, is based on an established and systematic research based strategy, which has been proven scientifically to be the most effective treatment for children with autism.
  • We have a strong commitment to ongoing staff development, with Australian Program Supervisors returning to the USA office for training every year.