LAC was formed in the spring of 2011 by Dr. Rob Scharstein, a retired radiologist and father of two autistic sons. More than 20 autism groups joined LAC’s first meeting in May 2011.
As a young dad in the early 1990’s, Rob experienced the difficulties of getting an accurate diagnosis and finding early treatment for his sons. He knew the lifelong struggle of meeting his sons’ special needs for educational and vocational training, social skills development, for housing and long-term care.
Autism research showed rising autism prevalence rates of epidemic proportions. Rob knew there was a need to help existing autism service providers to connect and collaborate efficiently.
Early support for this ‘consortium idea’ came from Medical University of South Carolina autism experts Dr. Frampton Gwynette, a pediatric psychiatrist and founder of Project REX, a children’s autism treatment program and Dr. Jane Charles, a developmental pediatrician.