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Anova Founders Mary Beth Ludwig at Giants Autism Awareness Night

Our History  

Anova was founded twenty years ago, by Andrew Bailey and a co-founder with very few resources beyond their mutual love of children and a desire to help families in need.

Andrew Bailey is a highly skilled clinician and innovative educator with 35 years of experience working with special needs children. Mr. Bailey’s inspiration for founding Anova arose from the recognition that very few resources were available for special needs individuals and his desire to provide a higher level of care. Mr. Bailey was developing groundbreaking therapy techniques for children with autism and was seeking to create a platform to implement these life-changing techniques.  By founding Anova, he created a new paradigm in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and those who learn differently. His on-going accomplishments were recognized when Mr. Bailey received the 2015 American Red Cross Real Heroes Award in Education.

Anova was launched from a Sonoma County garage in 2000 as a grassroots, non-profit and comprehensive community resource.  We have grown from a staff of two clinicians and an accountant, to a thriving team of over 200 dedicated employees providing educational and behavior support services to our local school districts and families.  The prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased dramatically from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2018 (1 in 40).  This profound rise in autism created a critical need for our specialized services, and in 2003, Mr. Bailey expanded Anova’s services and opened the first Anova School with only 4 children. Today, Anova serves almost 200 students and over 400 families with two K-12 campuses in Santa Rosa and Concord.

Mr. Bailey developed the one-of-a-kind "Multidisciplinary Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Impairments" model that has been pioneered at the Anova Center for Education as the "Anova Method of Education."  The ACE School was conceived as a unique environment that would provide high quality academic instruction to emotionally challenged children, using best practices from Positive Behavior Intervention, Sensory Integration, Cognitive Therapy, Speech/Language Therapy, and Theory of Mind.  Mr. Bailey was also appointed by former Senator Noreen Evans as Chair of the North Coast Regional Task Force on Autism and Related Disorders, and continues to work closely with local and state officials to address the increasing impact of autism on our nation.  

Anova is a comprehensive treatment program. Our non-profit agency includes educationalbehavioral, and therapy services for children and adults with autism, and neurodevelopmental impairments all over Northern California. In addition to our two non-profit K-12 schools located in Santa Rosa and Concord, we provide behavioral health services, after-school programs, services in public schools and in-home environments, a treatment clinic, and are an important community resource for families and children. 


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