Autism Matters: Empowering Investors, Providers, and the Autism Community to Advance Autism Services

Where and what are the opportunities for investment in the autism services industry?

  • How can you help improve the autism services industry?
  • How can your investment improve the autism services industry?
  • How can investors use opportunities to improve the autism services industry?
  • What investment opportunities can be improve the autism services industry?

In 2014, Dr. Ronit Molko sold the company she cofounded and built into one of the largest autism service providers in California. After the sale, Dr. Molko—a licensed clinical psychologist—found herself with a unique opportunity. By performing due diligence and healthcare services consulting for high-level investors and through interviews with numerous stakeholders in the autism marketplace, she began to view the entire industry from a different perspective. With this new perspective she stopped to ask herself: How have we as an industry performed? Where are we falling short? How do we evolve autism services? How do we do better?

The answers to these questions led Dr. Molko to author her first book, Autism Matters: Empowering Investors, Providers, and the Autism Community to Advance Autism Services. The book, published by ForbesBooks, examines what the autism services industry looks like today, where it is failing and why investment in this market is beneficial for investors, providers and consumers of these services.

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Praise For The Book

Simply put, reading Autism Matters changed the trajectory of my life. Prior to reading Dr. Molko’s book, I had two distinct goals: 1) As someone with a business background and a passion for investing, I was building a career in private equity. 2) As the brother of a special needs sister with Rett Syndrome, I was relentlessly advocating for her and for Rett Syndrome research.

After reading Dr. Molko's book, I discovered I could, and should, combine my passion for helping individuals with special needs with my business skills. Subsequently, I left my job in investing to make a positive difference in the lives of those living with ASD, their families and their communities. The deeply personal connection I have to Autism and the huge potential for social impact has made my new path incredibly fulfilling. I hope there will be many others who will be so profoundly impacted by Dr. Molko’s enlightening book.

Brad Zelinger
Founder at Bedford Grove Capital

How would you define a good quality of life?

For many, it means having a productive job that provides for one’s needs, independence, developing strong personal relationships, and success in accomplishing one’s goals. Put simply, we want to be able to decide where we live, what we do, and with whom we spend our time.

It should not be surprising to learn that individuals with physical or developmental disabilities generally want the same things we all want: independence, employment, pursuit of their passions, and meaningful relationships. Individuals on the autism spectrum want to have control over their own lives, make decisions about where they live, with whom they live, and how they spend their time. These are the long-term outcomes toward which the autism community should be striving but is currently falling short in providing and supporting.

In her book, Dr. Molko takes a critical look at the autism services industry today and calls on providers and investors to advance autism services.

Dr. Molko touches on topics such as:

  • Understanding autism and the increase in prevalence
  • Current evidence-based and non-evidence-based interventions for autism
  • The autism services industry today
  • Why investment in this market can transform lives and elevate services while producing strong returns
  • How lack of focus on outcomes is impacting funding and success
  • The strengths and shortfalls of the ABA industry
  • The dangers the industry is facing
  • Empowering investors, clinicians, providers, and communities

...and many other.

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“Ultimately,” says Dr. Molko, “my goal is to advance outcomes for autistic individuals, inform society about why we should value and celebrate neurodiversity, and give investors a guide to make a positive impact and strong returns.”

Together with investors, autism services can impact not only individuals and their families, but entire communities. It is inexcusable that such a large and important segment of our population must accept declining quality and poor long-term outcomes as the status quo. Anything short of a community of adults living fulfilled lives to their fullest possible potential is a societal failure.

Pick up your copy of Autism Matters today and join the movement to make a positive change and empower the autistic community.

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