The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University improves the quality of life for those living and working with Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing education and training to professionals, providing evidence-based services and education, and fostering a community of belonging.

Programs & Offerings

For students with ASD, please contact Accessibility Services

Professional Careers

We encourage and support those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to more fully realize their potential and utilize their strengths through higher education, social experiences, independent living and career guidance. We believe our students can live a healthy life filled with opportunities to succeed.

Services For UVU Students

Led by enthusiastic expert teachers and peer-mentors utilizing current best practices, the Passages program empowers current and prospective UVU students with autism-spectrum conditions to develop the awareness, skills and supports they will need to succeed in personal, academic and social aspects of adult life.

Communities, Partnerships, Services & Resources

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University connects those living and working with autism spectrum disorder to the variety of supports currently offered throughout their local community.

Wolverines Elevated

Wolverines Elevated is a three-year certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The program is in its first year as a model TPSID (Transition & Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities) program, with funding from the United States Department of Education. Individuals (age 18-25) with intellectual disabilities are welcome to apply.


Autism Conference

2023 Autism Conference at UVU

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is pleased to announce the 12th annual Autism Conference at Utah Valley University. New this year, we are offering a Pre-conference event focusing on Autism and Sexuality, on February 23. 

Breakout sessions will be available on both days with information appropriate for autistic adults, parents, families, service providers, mental health professionals, educators, BCBAs, and more!

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Autism Conference

Super Spectrum Showcase and Soiree

We are excited to announce that we will have a live art show again this year on November 11, 2022. 6pm-8pm at the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at UVU. We will also continue to show art through our virtual showcase.

Super Spectrum Showcase
Autism Conference

Autism Safety Trainings

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism knows how important training is for first responders. We appreciate the Indiana Resource Center for Autism sharing these materials with us.


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