CARD Capital Announces Acquisition of Autism Behavioral Consulting

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ABC’s addition to the CARD family will breed collaboration to expand services for individuals with ASD in the region.

The combination of [CARD and ABC] will continue to expand access to top quality services for children, teens and adults in the Pacific Northwest.

CARD Capital, the investment arm of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), today announced the acquisition of Autism Behavioral Consulting (ABC). ABC is a provider of evidence-based services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) located in Vancouver, WA with additional locations in the Pacific Northwest. The acquisition increases CARD’s national footprint to 60 offices across 14 states. CARD is one of the world’s largest providers of evidence-based autism treatment, using the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to treat individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism. ABA is the only treatment for ASD that has been empirically proven to produce significant long-term improvement and, in some cases, recovery from autism.

“I am very excited to be partnering with CARD to bring high-quality ABA services to families in the Pacific Northwest,” said Audra Jensen, Executive Director of ABC. “I fell into this field when my son was diagnosed with autism 17 years ago. I see every client that walks through the door as part of my extended family, and I’m excited for new adventures and superior level of services that await us all.”

ABC was founded in 2006 by Jensen, M.Ed., BCBA, parent of a young man with autism. Having seen first-hand the effect a good ABA program can have on a child with autism and their family, she channeled her energy into creating a resource for others just beginning their ASD journey. Growing from a small practice in 2006 to three clinics in the greater Portland area, ABC provides evidence-based ABA services and support to their families in Vancouver, Portland, and Salem.

“We are excited to welcome ABC into the CARD family,” said John Galle, Director of Expansion for CARD. “Audra has developed an exceptional reputation in the community by providing outstanding services for individuals with ASD. The combination of the two companies will continue to expand access to top quality services for children, teens and adults in the Pacific Northwest.”

CARD Capital is an investing platform that focuses on product and service solutions for behavioral health. It invests in the full lifecycle of companies, including incubation, seed funding, growth equity, and buy-outs. CARD Capital helps companies achieve their full potential via a combination of capital infusion, operational influence, and a vast relationship network.

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of nearly 2,000 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com or call (855) 345-2273.

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