The Autism Collaborative Center: Caring beyond the classroom!

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Watch the video to see how individuals with autism and their families have been positively impacted by the ACC.

The College of Health and Human Services’ mission to improve the lives of others through collaboration extends far beyond the classroom. A shining example of this mission is the Autism Collaborative Center (ACC), a therapeutic clinic on EMU’s campus. The ACC is dedicated to the treatment and support of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

As a part of Eastern Michigan University’s College of Health and Human Services, the ACC offers a variety of services and programs for individuals of all ages and ability levels. They have a multidisciplinary team of professionals who study each client case and determine the best course of treatment for each individual. The ACC philosophy is that by addressing the needs of the whole family, they best serve the individual with autism and allow them to reach their maximum potential. The ACC is dedicated to providing their clients services that are evidence based and meet best practice standards.

Some examples of these services and programs are early intensive behavioral intervention, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and PEERS®.

The ACC is a teaching facility that provides students an opportunity to learn about and work directly with persons with autism and their families. Students who study occupational therapy, psychology, social work, and speech and language pathology work alongside the highly trained staff of the ACC. This is a great first-hand learning tool to guide the instruction of future healthcare professionals.

Amber Williams

“I have had the honor of being a team member of the Autism Collaborative Center for a year. While being a part of the ACC they have given me the building blocks to developing myself as a future therapist and a better student. The ACC family has taught me hard work, determination and team work which has influenced my decision in furthering my education to receiving my BCBA degree.”

-Amber Williams, Senior in Therapeutic Recreation at Eastern Michigan University

The Autism Collaborative Center services have been enhanced by the generous contributions from the state of Michigan, university support and EMU donors. Please consider donating to the Autism Collaborative Center today and help them continue to be a resource for people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Click here or the button below to donate today.

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  • Anita Acree

    Is this program available for 40+ autistic adults? That article indicates autistic individuals of all ages are eligible.
    I have a 41 year old autistic daughter who may benefit from this program. Could I be contacted regarding requirements for eligibility?

  • Lisa Ziff

    I am looking for in home help with my 14 year old daughter. Preferrably a student that has some ABA experience. Looking for roughly 6-9 pm m-f. Please let me know if there is anyone that is intrrested. I also could use help every other weekend.

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