Autism Program

Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism

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One in 58 children in Utah is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The Melissa Nellesen Center for Autism at UVU, which was completely funded by private donations, helps UVU connect with autism support organizations in the region to create innovative strategies for support and education. The center trains students, faculty members, families, professionals, and community partners to better understand and support those with autism.

UVU offers an autism certificate program for professionals and Utah's only minor in autism studies. Students can also earn a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis. Your donation helps UVU train professionals to better support individuals with autism spectrum disorder and helps us provide resources and support for individuals with autism and their families.

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Every gift is meaningful and appreciated. You are welcome to make a donation of any size to support our students. If you'd like to create a legacy, please consider signing up for a monthly recurring gift that will have a lasting impact on future students and educators. Together, we uplift, provide exceptional care, and inspire students to be their very best.

For more information on ways to establish a legacy gift, such as through a will, bequest, trust, annuity, or IRA rollover, please visit

If you prefer to donate via check, please make checks payable to UVU Foundation and mail to the address below. Please list "Autism Program" in the memo field.

UVU Foundation
800 W University Pkwy MS 111
Orem, UT 84058

UVU employees are welcome to sign up for payroll deduction using the Employee Giving form.

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