David Arthur Foundation

Strengthening and building innovative communities to solve autism lifecycle needs and other social problems.


David Arthur Foundation

Strengthening and building innovative communities to solve autism lifecycle needs and other social problems.


An integral part of the corporate mission is to strengthen and build innovative communities to solve autism lifecycle needs and other social problems.

In keeping with the purpose of the service, we can help to successfully implement community solutions to social problems that require the intricate coordination and collaboration of many complex partner institutions. (Partner institutions might include, for example: government, philanthropic, non-profit and also commercial organizations to enhance sustainability).

One of the ways we are able to accomplish this mission is through our support of the David Arthur Foundation. Founded in 2013, The David Arthur Foundation is named for founders’ son David Arthur Epner, who is 15 years old and faces many challenges and obstacles due to autism with a happy, gentle heart. David inspires us with his spirit, determination, and courage.

The David Arthur Foundation’s program highlights include the following four areas of focus:

Developing a New Type of Autism Insurance Policy: Enhanced Life Insurance for Couples Planning a Family

Every couple expecting a baby fervently wishes for a healthy child. Whether the child is healthy or not, parents always want the best care for their child. If a child is diagnosed with autism the care needed to help the child reach his or her highest potential is very expensive. The David Arthur Foundation is currently working with insurance, healthcare, and marketing partners to develop a new type of autism insurance policy. We are exploring a life insurance policy with an “autism rider” that helps those who give birth to a child diagnosed with autism extra money for the special care their child will need. The policy could provide supplemental costs not covered by medical insurance including therapy, caregivers, legal/advocacy fees, and any special living and housing accommodation expenses.

Communities for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to recent reports released by the CDC based upon research conducted in the U.S., one in 68 children is born with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The risk is even higher for boys; one in 42 boys are on the spectrum. The disorder affects children of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. These statistics are significantly higher than previous CDC reports. (Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010). As these increasing numbers of children with autism mature, the need for high quality residential communities for adults on the spectrum far exceeds supply.

The Foundation plans to help establish 100 world-class, integrated adult autism communities with blueprints for another 1,000 over the next two decades. We are currently working toward this goal with the following two initiatives:

Model / Replicable Community for Adults with Autism in Connecticut

The David Arthur Foundation is teaming up with the Corporation for Independent Living and the Hospital for Special Care to establish a world-class, integrated community for adults with autism in a sizable city in Connecticut. The effort would combine both attractive housing options and an organic community network of services supporting a full life including: healthcare, work, education, sports, religion, entertainment, security, and socialization opportunities. There is a particular focus in establishing this community with the clear goal of replicating it to other cities to meet this pressing nationwide need.

Award of Software to Communities for Adults on the Spectrum

We invite the autism community to nominate exemplary communities for adults on the autism spectrum to the David Arthur Foundation for pro bono software and support.’s software inherently tracks an organization’s processes and progress. By providing pro bono software to key organizations, will develop a body of best practices that it will share with a wider network of autism service organizations.

  • Individual organizations awarded pro bono support will be strengthened operationally, increasing efficiency and improving communication across the organization.
  • Individual organizations awarded pro bono support will be able to use to support fundraising, including by demonstrating alignment with their mission, progress toward goals, or creating reports on initiatives across departments coded by institutional priority.
  • All organizations nominated for support will join a network of institutions that the Foundation will share its learnings with. The Foundation will support connectivity between the members of this expanded network through special events.

To nominate a community or apply directly, please contact Robert Epner, Executive Director, David Arthur Foundation, at and/or Dr. Lawrence E. Sullivan, Chair of the Board, David Arthur Foundation, at

David Arthur Foundation Lecture Series 2015-2016

The 2015/2016 David Arthur Foundation lecture series benefits Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s award-winning Kulanu Program connecting children on the autism spectrum to the larger Jewish community. The four-part series includes speakers from the Simons Foundation, the Center for Bioethics at Columbia University, the American Special Hockey Association, Special Olympics NYC, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), The JCC Manhattan, the Corporation for Independent Living, the Hospital for Special Care, Mayerson & Associates and Autism Speaks.

New York City’s first special hockey team – the Central Park North Stars

One of the first initiatives of the David Arthur Foundation was the establishment of New York City’s first special hockey team – the Central Park North Stars – a member of the American Special Hockey Association. This year’s team, with 25 players, 26 coaches and a 1 to 1 player coach ratio, exemplifies the values of our mission by including children and adults in a great sporting opportunity that improves quality of life through an integrated community at Central Park’s Lasker Rink hockey center. We are grateful to the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) for their generous sponsorship of the Central Park North Stars, to our wonderful team of volunteer coaches and parents, and to the extraordinary support of Central Park Ice Hockey.