BMC, a private, not-for-profit, academic medical center located in Boston’s South End, was formed through the 1996 merger of Boston City Hospital, Boston Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospital and Boston University Medical Center Hospital. Since 2003, clinicians have provided evaluations and ongoing care for children of all ages when there is a pediatrician concern about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related conditions. Autism Specialists at BMC are trained professionals who work alongside Developmental and Behavioral clinicians to provide both exceptional medical care without exception and develop innovative, culturally competent approaches and methodologies to best support BMC’s patient population.
The diagnosis of an ASD presents a uniquely complex set of challenges for families and the clinicians responsible for their care. There is no identified single cause, no known cure, nor any one prescribed treatment that can predict optimal outcomes for all children. Families affected by ASD confront a variety of barriers toward getting needed services for their children. This includes systemic barriers, such as obtaining diagnostic appointments and securing treatment in a resource-limited economy. Many families seen at BMC are low-income, immigrant families who have the additional challenge of facing cultural, linguistic, educational, or other social barriers. To address this challenge, The Autism Resource Program assists and empowers those affected by ASDs through direct patient support, provider education and community based trainings in a culturally competent manner by offering high quality and comprehensive care to all, regardless of status or ability to pay.