COVID-19 Modified Operations

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism will remain open under the following modified conditions.
  1. All public events have been postponed.
  2. Services are still available to the public but may be provided under modified conditions.
  3. We discourage everyone from coming to the center until further notice.

If you need to contact the autism center, please contact us at or 801-863-7620. You may also reach out to any of our staff via phone or email.

For additional resources, please visit our crisis response page.


For more information, visit the Return to Campus website.


Services Offered by the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism

For students with ASD, please contact Accessibility Services

 Care Coordination

The mission of the Integrated Services Program is to assist families of children and youth who have special health care needs with coordinated care planning, education and resources in order for them to make informed decisions.

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Demonstration Classrooms

Demonstration classrooms serve local students on the autism spectrum. These classrooms include pre-K/Kindergarten and 1st-3rd grade training and practicum opportunities for Autism Studies and Special Education students.

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After School Programs & Summer Camps

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism collaborates with  community partners to offer summer camps and after school programs when appropriate. 

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The Passages Program

Passages supports those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between the ages of 17-30. The program encourages enriched lives through higher education, social experiences, independent living and career guidance.

About the Program

Wolverines Elevated

Wolverines Elevated is a 3-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 Building

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UVU Autism Conference

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is pleased to announce the 10th annual Autism Conference at Utah Valley University. The conference theme for this year is Seeking Connection, Building Community.

The two-day event will be held virtually.

Early registration will open on December 4.

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Students with ASD

The Passages program is a series of classes and activities that occur every semester on campus at UVU. Classes are generally held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday social activities usually are scheduled every other week.

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Uplifting Celebration

Uplifting Celebration
for Autism

 The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is pleased to announce the Uplifting Celebration for Autism will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Grand Finale will be at 1:00 p.m.

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