Community 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. Support for autism comes as this community of acceptance is fostered and built through sharing of resources, expertise and education. We seek to assist individuals and families to become familiar and connected to the resources available near them.

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Demonstration Classrooms

The Center will house two demonstration classrooms, pre-K/Kindergarten and 1st-3rd grade, that provide training and practicum opportunities for Autism Studies and Special Education students. Demonstration classrooms will serve local students on the autism spectrum. These classrooms will utilize best practice, evidence based curriculum and classroom management techniques. Contact Alpine School District or Utah Autism Academy to learn more about these classrooms.


Case Management & Care Coordination

We are partnering with the Utah Department of Health to offer Case Management and Care Coordination. The multidisciplinary team from the Department of Health offers assistance to families who have children and youth with special health care needs, such as autism. They support families in coordinated care planning and provide education and resources that may be available to meet children’s unique needs. Please call (801) 273-2988 to speak with a care coordinator. Spanish speaking care coordinators are available. The link to the website can be found here.  

Summer Camps and After School Programs

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism may collaborate with a community partner to offer summer camps or after school programs when appropriate. To be a collaborating partner, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide adequate staffing for the program
  • Provide all materials required for the program
  • Provide supervision for UVU student volunteers
  • Collect and manage all fees for the program

The Center for Autism will provide support for the summer camp or after school program in the following ways:

  • Arrange a location on campus when appropriate
  • Help promote and market the program
  • Promote the program to potential student volunteers
  • Provide a one-time “What is autism?” training

Visual Supports

This website has practical visual supports that you can download and use! Thank you to the Indiana Resource Center for Autism for sharing their resources!


Visual Supports