Who We Were


The Brown Center for Autism was a 501(c)3 Nashville-based organization from 2008 to 2017. During its existence, The Brown Center truly changed the landscape of early intervention for Autism. From our signature red front door and our many cozy gathering spaces, to our relentless reputation of “required parent engagement”, our model was built upon the idea that successful autism treatment is not something we do to a child–but rather something we do with a family. BCA created a unique service delivery model that not only changed the way providers thought about traditional intervention for ASD, but dramatically impacted how services in our community continue to be delivered today.

Our Legacy


Through the work of countless professionals, parents, volunteers, scholars and community partners, BCA left behind a legacy of potential realized and a model primed for replication. This model now resides in its entirety with Autism Tennessee, a community partner 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, to help inform future legislation and development of standards of care. Please contact Autism Tennessee if your agency would like to learn more about The Brown Center and/or accessing this model. Additionally, perpetual Brown Center for Autism scholarship and grant funds have been established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in order to carry forward our vision and legacy for our community and families for decades to come.

Who We Are Today


While the Brown Center is no longer operating or accepting donations, this website will continue to be maintained by volunteers for information and announcements related to our perpetual legacy, and the fulfillment of our vision within our communities and beyond. Examples of information include: upcoming scholarship & grant opportunities and deadlines (with links to access these); and announcements pertaining to legislation and community collaboration in which the BCA model is being utilized to improve the standard of care for our community. #TogetherIsBetter