"I remember one day when my oldest son was 11 and hadn't spoken a word for several years. I was in his room, trying to have a conversation with him, and suddenly he turned around and with tears in his eyes said, "Daddy." I had never been so proud of him. I say to myself, if my son can do that, I will go to the ends of the earth to help these kids, and I will never give up." — Matt Cody
The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University was founded in 2001. The Center resulted from the vision of Matt and Debra Cody, the parents of three children with Autism, and the extensive clinical and educational experience of the many professionals at Stony Brook University who had cared for their children, including John Pomeroy, M.D., the Center's Founding Director.
The mission of the Center is to promote excellence in clinical treatment, research, community service, and educational programs benefiting those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities.
The Cody Center is a unique regional resource combining in one university-based center the capacity for:
- Multi-disciplinary clinical services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum and related disorders
- An Education Institute providing graduate-level coursework and training opportunities for clinicians in medical, mental health, special education and other fields, and School Consultation Services for Long Island school districts and agencies
- Community services including a Resource Center, social skills and parent training programs, family workshops, and programs for young persons transitioning to adulthood
- Clinical, basic, and translational research into the causes and treatment of Autism.