Center for Autism and Related Disorders

Founded in 1990 by Doreen Granpeesheh, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) provides a range of services for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders
FounderDoreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D.
Area served
ServicesABA-based therapies, including early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) and social skills training
DivisionsAutism Care and Treatment (ACT) Today!
CARD Academy

The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, acquired CARD in 2018. Granpeesheh and the management at CARD invested in the company alongside Blackstone, and Granpeesheh remains the CEO of CARD.[1][2]

Clinical outcomesEdit

Methodological shortcomings, including unclear validity of the initial ABA diagnosis, limit any conclusion that can be made from CARD's published work.[3]


Staff members at CARD, as well as four families whose children received treatment from them, were featured in the documentary Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back. It was directed and edited by Michele Jaquis in collaboration with Granpeesheh. The film won the Best Documentary award at the 2008 Director's Chair Film Festival.[4]


  1. ^ Yuk, Pan Kwan (13 April 2018). "Blackstone acquires autism care specialist CARD". Financial Times. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Blackstone to Buy Center for Autism and Related Disorders". Wall Street Journal. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  3. ^ Bölte S (October 2014). "Is autism curable?". Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 56 (10): 927–31. doi:10.1111/dmcn.12495. PMID 24840630.
  4. ^ "The Director's Chair Film Festival 2008". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-04-11.

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