"The Option Institute International Learning and Training Center, is a nonprofit, educational organization founded in 1983 by Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, who actively teach in Institute programs. Barry Neil Kaufman is the best-selling author of 12 books (one written jointly with his wife) on The Option Process® and The Son-Rise Program®, including Happiness Is A Choice, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and PowerDialogues. There are over three million copies of their books in print in over 65 countries. They have received the Christopher Award twice and the Humanitas Prize for writing books and a screenplay that celebrate the dignity and inspiration of humanity...
"The Kaufmans are also the originators of The Son-Rise Program which is taught at the Autism Treatment Center of America™, a division of The Option Institute. The Son-Rise Program methodology evolved when their son, Raun, was diagnosed with Autism." 
Resources and articles
- Option Institute Founders, organizational web page, accessed August 27, 2012.