Ron Davis is autistic. As a child, Ron grew up lost in what he later described as the ‘void of autism’. As an adult, he described this place of his early childhood as being immersed in the feeling of pure, unconditional love.
Ron developed a patchy form of memory around the age of nine, when he started coming out of his autistic world and felt himself being thrust into a physical world full of pain and chaos. He navigated his way through the chaos and confusion by creating objects, ideas and concepts out of the thick, gooey clay he made by mixing the red dirt in his back yard with water. This clay-modelling practice helped him make sense of the world around him.
Eventually, this boy who was labelled at the age of 12 as being ‘uneducatably mentally retarded’, and who had endured almost daily beatings from his father and older brother, was found to have the IQ of a genius. By the age of 27, Ron was assessed as having an IQ of 169.
Now in his seventies, Ron’s mission in life is to help others like himself. He believes that the potential for genius exists in some form in all of us, provided we have solid foundations on which to base our thinking and personal growth. People with autism require specially designed support to embed those crucial foundations.
Programs crafted by an autistic genius for autistic people
Ron spent many years working with a dedicated group of professionals to create and refine a holistic development program designed to transform the lives of autistic individuals. The resulting Davis Autism Approach Program helps to unlock these beautiful minds and their inherent gifts.
At the Ron Davis Autism Foundation, we understand autism. We have the utmost respect for those on the autism spectrum. Our gentle, non-intrusive programs help remove internal barriers and awaken their true potential.
We have seen first hand how our programs empower autistic children and adults to participate more fully in life on their own terms. We are passionate about bringing the Davis Autism programs – the culmination of Ron’s life experience and work – to as many people and their families as possible.
This is how we intend to make a difference in the world.
History and Vision
In 2008, Davis Autism International was launched as a private organization to bring the Davis Autism Approach to the world.
We have trained many passionate, talented individuals to deliver the programs. We now have Davis Autism facilitators working worldwide to empower individuals on the autism spectrum by unlocking their knowledge and capabilities and enabling them to participate in a life they choose.
The Davis Autism workshops were launched in 2012 to give parents, educators, therapists and support people the essential tools needed to deliver the program to their children, students and clients, respectively. We quickly discovered that learning and delivering the program also had a powerful impact on the people who attended our workshops, even though they were not necessarily on the autism spectrum themselves. This compelled us to develop a second program designed for anyone who wants to create meaningful change in their life. Thus, the Davis Concepts for Life program was born.
Our decision to transform into a charity was based on one desire – to make a positive difference in as many people’s lives as we can.
Every autistic individual deserves to have access to these programs, so they can unlock and share their incredible gifts.
There is power in many people working together on the same mission. We want to grow together with all those who wish to join us. We are continually expanding our worldwide community to support and empower more people with autism and help all individuals who want to bring about meaningful change in their lives to realize their full potential.
Mission and Values
We are dedicated to making the Davis Autism programs accessible to all - unlocking the knowledge and capabilities of the autistic individual, enabling them to participate in a life they choose.
People on the autism spectrum are individuals with unique gifts and talents and immense potential. Yes, there are challenges. However, this does not mean they are ‘broken’, nor does it mean they need to be ‘cured’ or that their autism needs to be ‘fixed’.
With the right support, these individuals can achieve the most amazing things.
Our mission is to help those with autism to build bridges into understanding the sometimes confusing and challenging world around them. Our aim is to empower them to unlock their beautiful minds and incredible gifts to benefit each individual and our wider community.
We are passionate about helping others recognize the many gifts that autistic individuals possess so, like us, they can celebrate these beautiful minds and support them in making a positive contribution to the world.
We are also committed to offering the opportunity – through our Davis Concepts for Life programs – for all individuals, not only those on the autism spectrum, to address their own challenges, leave behind negative habits and behaviors, and create meaningful change in their lives.
We are dedicated to making the Davis Autism and Concepts for Life programs accessible to all. We want to unlock the knowledge and capabilities of the autistic individual, enabling them to participate in a life they choose. The core values that underpin everything we do on this journey are: