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.

We are committed to providing exceptional care and support for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. We believe in creating a world where every individual with autism can thrive and reach their full potential. However, we can't do it alone – we need your support.

Your contribution can make a tremendous difference in the lives of those impacted by autism. By donating today, you'll help us continue to offer a wide range of vital programs and resources that empower individuals with autism to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives. Together, we can build 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

UVU Autism Conference 2024

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is proud to share details for the annual UVU Autism Conference for 2024. Thank you for joining us, as we learn best practice approaches to build a community of belonging, together.

We are excited to announce that Chrissy and James Williams will be our keynote speakers. We now provide a preconference day of breakout sessions annually, with a special area of focus each year.

Autism Conference

Super Spectrum Showcase and Soiree

We are now accepting submissions for our annual Super Spectrum Showcase and Soiree! The live show will take place on November 10 from 6 to 8 pm. Submission deadline is October 6 at 5 pm. Submit your art here.

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.

Autism Conference

Uplifting celebration for autism

Please join us for the Uplifting Celebration for Autism on April 27th from 10 -11:45 AM! The event will be held outside the UCCU Center at UVU and is completely free. Come and enjoy an exciting array of carnival-style games, delicious food, and a friendly atmosphere that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. We can't wait to see you there! 

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