CAR Autism Roadmap Supporters



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The CAR Autism Roadmap™ would not be possible without the generous support of Susan and Don Wenger and family. The Wengers became involved with the autism program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) after their grandson was red-flagged for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at a visit to his pediatrician. After witnessing first-hand the difficulty of finding reliable information on-line and locating autism-specific resources, the Wengers provided financial support to help realize a long-time dream of the CHOP’s Center for Autism Research (CAR) – the creation of the CAR Autism Roadmap.™

Like many families, the Wengers had certainly heard of autism and ASD in the news, but until it touched their family, they did not truly understand how a family’s life could be turned upside down by a diagnosis. In Susan Wenger’s words, “After doing much research and after many meetings and phone calls, it became evident that we were facing a very long journey with many obstacles in our path. How could finding guidance be so difficult and locating the appropriate therapists next to impossible?!”

The Center for Autism Research and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are immensely grateful to the Wenger Family for their help in creating a comprehensive website providing families with accurate information about ASD. Thanks to the Wengers, the CAR Autism Roadmap™ includes a directory of therapists, support groups, and other resources, and hundreds of articles to assist families and individuals living with ASD throughout various stages of life. With so much information available on the internet, CAR hopes this will be a good starting point for reliable information for families who need help finding their way.

In addition to the Wenger family, we would like to acknowledge and thank all who helped develop the CAR Autism Roadmap™. The majority of information included in this website was developed by the researchers and staff at the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Additionally, many community partners and families contributed to the development of the site. Thank you to all who helped:

Kathleen Bailey Stengel
Paula Barson
Keith Bartley
Katherine Bassanello
Lisa Blaskey
Kate Bouser
Jessica Kerry Brown
Lawrence Brown
Suzanne Buchannan
Dafne Carnwright
Erin Clemens
Stephanie Colantonio
Jane Cordero
Maria Antohi Craciun
Kristin Cunningham
Aleksandar Damevski
Deb Daulton
Ashley deMarchena
Debra Dunn*
Annalisa Ekbladh
Susan Epstein
Jon Fink
Julianne Fretz
Kate Fretz
Kevin Fretz
Eron Friedlaender
Terisa Gabrielsen
David Gates
Marjorie Goldberg
Lorraine Greer
Lisa Guy
Alyssa Hansen
Kesha Harden
John Herrington
Susannah Horner*
Dawn Hoyt
Olivia Hsin
Maureen M. Hugel
Dorothy Judd
Amy Kelly
Sonja Kerr
Sohee Kim
Jonathan Kratchman
Amy Kratchman
Karen Krivit
Emily Kuschner
Karen Lecks
Susan E. Levy
Jill Locke
Katie Lowe
Angela McMichael
Julie Mesaric
Judith Miller
Heidi Mizell
Juhi Pandey
Sarah Paterson
Joy Payton
Melanie Pellecchia
Zinnia Piotrowski
Hayley Reed
Erica Reisinger
Jeanne Ann Reynolds
Keiran Rump
Michael Schiller
Robert Schultz
Jean Schultz
Jen Sciolla
Margaret Souders
Gail Stein*
Symme Trachtenberg
Suzanne Tuckerman
Ritu Verma
Michele Villalobos
Tara Wenger
Larry Win
Breanna Winder
Julie Worley
Ben Yerys
Jessica Zelli Keen

*Project Manager