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about the SUMMIt

The Autism Investor Summit provides a unique opportunity for autism service providers, investors and key stakeholders to meet in a private setting to discuss the autism services landscape, opportunities for investment and to discuss and learn about best practices and innovation in all areas of autism services.

The mission of this conference is to advance autism services and the outcomes for consumers by bringing together stakeholders from all aspects of the industry- service providers, advocates, legislators, payers, consumers, investors and researchers- to meet, network, share information and understand what the future holds for the autism industry.

Attendees will get to:
  • Meet one-on-one with industry investors, service providers, investment bankers and professionals
  • Learn the latest information on funding, legislation and clinical operations
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections- share both ideas and contact information
  • Meet fellow service providers with the opportunity to have new and different conversations regarding the market, service needs and future of the industry
  • Understand which service models have the most robust outlook and how outcomes will impact the future of autism services
  • Hear from investors what they look for when exploring acquisitions
  • Learn the right questions to ask when conducting due diligence on companies in the industry
  • Learn about the current critical factors impacting autism service delivery models today
  • Discover what to look for in an investor and how to know when investment is right for you
  • Understand the keys to differentiation in the market place
AIS panel discussion from stage
AIS Program 2022

Opportunity

Investors are in a strong position to consolidate, expand, and create the kinds of economies of scale that are common in other sectors of healthcare, and in other industries. The autism service market is a highly fragmented marketplace with many opportunities for consolidation, favorable returns on investment and the elevation of regulation, meaningful clinical outcomes, professional development and oversight of care. Because autism treatment is a fairly new field, the industry lacks regulation and oversight. While this is a challenge when evaluating the quality of treatment centers, it’s also an opportunity to implement cutting-edge treatments and technologies. It is vital that investors understand the nuances of autism services and the issues service providers face when scaling their businesses.

Important Factors in the Current Autism Provider Landscape

Intervention

The predominant treatment for autism is based on the science and methodology of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is one of the few areas that attracts bipartisan political support and as of August 2019, all 50 states in the U.S. mandate insurance coverage of autism services. Services are provided in the home, at center-based programs, at school, or in hybrid models that serve multiple locations. ABA is considered the gold standard of treatment for autism. The National Research council recommends a minimum of 25 hours per week of student engagement. While many service providers offer ABA-based programs, not all ABA is the same. It is critical to assess the quality of programming and service delivery when considering an investment in an autism company.

DEMAND

The ABA market is growing at twice the rate of other multi-site healthcare businesses. With greater awareness, we are seeing the beginnings of a reduction in the social stigma of autism and a formal diagnosis of autism leading more families to seek intervention and support. As funding for autism services and awareness of autism is expanding, more and more families are seeking services nationwide. Most providers report waiting lists for assessment and diagnosis, as well as intervention, leading to rapid growth in this industry. In addition, there are many underserved communities where services are lacking bringing multiple organic growth opportunities to existing providers.

Providers

In recent years, significant investments in autism service providers have occurred resulting in the beginning of consolidation of this market. This interest and investment trend is driving a new level of competition and increasing the standards against which providers need to comply and perform. Despite this growth, however; less than 20% of the autism service industry is owned by consolidators providing much opportunity for continued investment in this market. As consolidators continue to buy up the market, issues such as the integration of clinical methodologies, operational processes, regulatory compliance and administrative functions bring new challenges, especially because the industry is relatively young and unsophisticated from a business operations standpoint.

MArket

The total annual costs for children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) in the United States are estimated to be between $11.5 billion and $60.9 billion — a significant economic burden. It is estimated that the current ABA service provider market is about $7bn with a TAM (total addressable market) of between $50-70bn. The ABA therapy market is expected to grow at a 25% CAGR over the next 3-5 years. The needs of the aging autism population are grossly under serviced providing significant needs across the nation and additional opportunities for investors and providers. Many autism treatment organizations, and some of the largest competitors are located in California. This is due to the fact that funding for treatment programs has been in place there for over 5 decades, prior to the insurance mandates that were later put into place.

schedule

Welcome Reception
February 15, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pacific Time

Welcome Reception

Meet fellow attendees while enjoying your favorite beverage. The event will focus on creating meaningful connections in small groups to facilitate networking and learning.

Day 1
February 16, 2022
8:15 am - 8:30 am
Pacific Time

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

8:30 am - 10:30 am
Pacific Time

Opening Sessions

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Pacific Time

Break

10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Pacific Time

Break Out Sessions

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Pacific Time

Lunch Break

1:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Pacific Time

Afternoon Sessions

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Pacific Time

Break

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Pacific Time

Sponsors VIP Reception

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Pacific Time

General Reception

Day 2
February 17, 2022
8:15 am - 11:00 am
Pacific Time

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pacific Time

Sessions

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Pacific Time

Closing Remarks

Sponsors

Partner

Partner

Braff

Platinum

Platinum

Huron
Metrz Taggart
Proud Moments ABA
SimiTree Healthcare Consulting

PRICING

Provider
 

EARLY BIRD*

$ 495
  •  
  • * before 12.31.21
    Regular Price: $595

Investor / PE-Backed ABA provider / Other Professional
EARLY BIRD*

$ 1,295
  •  
  • * before 12.31.21
    Regular Price: $1,595

When

February 15–17, 2022

Where

SLS Hotel
465 S. La Cienega
Los Angels, Ca 90048

Who

ABA Providers
Payors
Investors
Other Industry Professionals

Autism Investor Summit stage and podium