Why the Foundation Was Started

The Bowen Foundation for Autism was founded because America’s autism epidemic has reached staggering proportions and we felt that we could do something to help right here in our own community. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, now affecting 1 in 68 births. Every one of us knows someone who is affected by this overwhelming disease. There is no cure; but there are many therapies and behavioral interventions designed to remedy symptoms and bring about substantial improvement for children with autism.

So, with this in mind, the Bowen Foundation was created. As a family, we are lucky enough to have the resources to take care of Bowen and as we’ve navigated this world of autism, we have learned that many, many families simply cannot afford the services that are so vital to improving the lives of children with autism. As a result, we started this foundation in 2007 with a group of individuals who wanted to make a difference. Our goal was simple: to provide funding for children with autism right here in Maryland to receive the treatments they need. Not just medical treatments that are so beneficial, but also educational, diet and behavioral offerings that have helped make a difference in Bowen and many others.

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