Autism Foundation History
The history of the Utah Autism Foundation begins
with the story of its founder, David R. Spafford.
David first made his mark in the mid ‘80s
as the founder of Megahertz Corp., a computer
manufacturing business he started in the basement
of his home while attending the University of
Megahertz was purchased by U.S. Robotics, David
pursued a number of philanthropic projects as
an advocate for the University of Utah. Beyond
his University ties, David and his wife, Susan,
began the Devonshire Foundation, an organization
dedicated to enriching their community through
the couple’s son Joey was diagnosed with
autism, they turned their energies to providing
support and research to aid parents and children
coping with this little-understood condition.
They were instrumental in the founding of the
Carmen B. Pingree School for Children with Autism,
and in 2000 they started the Utah Autism Foundation
to fund research into the causes of autism.
the Utah Autism Foundation continues to work towards
this goal, raising money that is moving researchers
closer to an answer, and giving hope to parents
and children affected by autism.