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The Scott Center for Autism Treatment is named for Ed, Cheryl, and Reece Scott. Reece was diagnosed with autism early in his life. When Reece was diagnosed with autism, there was very little information on how one could treat this condition. As Reece developed, his condition was regarded more like Asperger’s syndrome, often thought of as a mild form of autism. Through personal persistence and the help of Cheryl, Ed, great teachers, and therapists, Reece was able to overcome the usual challenges of Asperger’s. He graduated from Georgetown University with a major in Japanese in May 2011 and is pursuing a master's degree in modern Japanese studies at the University of Oxford in England.

Ed and Cheryl decided to fund the creation of the Scott Center as a result of their experience with Reece. Parents and children from around the world go to the Scott Center so that they can get the most advanced treatment methods. In addition, the Scott Center is a hub for research on best practices for treating autism and helping caregivers. Cheryl played an active role in the planning and creation of the Scott Center by serving on its steering committee.

Ed Scott is a successful businessman, distinguished former U.S. government executive, and an active supporter of a number of philanthropic initiatives. Ed previously funded the creation of a chair and two research fellowships at the University of Oxford for the study of autism.

A key partner in the creation of the Scott Center was former United States Representative Dave Weldon who was able to secure federal funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration to augment the Scotts’ gift allowing the creation of the Center.

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that provides children, youth and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) a full range of evaluation and services, from diagnosis to intensive treatment.