About Us

Different Minded Renaissance, Inc., doing business as US Autism Association, is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for autism education, support, and resources.

Since 1995, the US Autism Association has improved the quality of life for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.


Our Mission


Our mission is to provide opportunity for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to achieve their fullest potential by expanding and enriching the ASD community through education, online training, published and electronic information and resources, and partnerships with local and national projects.

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Our History

Founded by Dr. L.P. Kaplan in the summer of 2005, Special Abilities evolved into the US Autism & Asperger Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to autism education, support, and resources. Through annual conferences, weekly newsletters, and a rich library of information on its website, the organization pursued its mission. In July of 2018 the US Autism Association, Inc. responded to the DSM-5 and ICD-11 decision to remove the Asperger diagnosis and changed its name to the US Autism Association.

After 25 years of service, Dr. Kaplan made the decision to retire, and in the spring of 2019, he began working with Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, a member of his Advisory Board, to pass the torch to a new generation of leadership. Working together, Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Thurman recruited Jennifer Grace, as Chief Executive Officer, to form a new 501 (c)(3) organization headquartered in Connecticut with a satellite office in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Grace and Dr. Thurman stepped into their new roles, officially taking over the leadership of the US Autism Association in January of 2020. Dr. Thurman, as President and Board Chairman, along with many of the original Advisory Board members, will continue to support the new organization. Dr. Kaplan will serve as Founder and Director Emeritus.
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