Autism Program

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A New Home for Autism Studies

Melissa Nellesen Center for Autism

UVU has a new home for the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism. With the help of some generous donors, construction on the Cole Nellesen Building has been completed. Located next to the McKay Education Building, the new center facilitates collaboration on autism issues. The center includes treatment rooms for social skills groups and laboratory elementary and preschool classrooms. It is a place where students and the community come together to find the best solutions.

Autism Studies at UVU

Utah has the second highest rate of autism in the nation. As part of its engagement with the community and commitment to inclusiveness, Utah Valley University is working to find ways to support individuals on the autism spectrum as well as their families and the professionals who work with them.

Autism Studies Minor and Certificate

Autism Program

Currently, students at UVU can earn a minor or a certification in autism studies. Their education prepares them with the knowledge and practical experience to work in a multitude of professional settings. Students engage in both service-learning and fieldwork to enhance and extend the classroom experience and to prepare them for real-world practice.

Students can obtain Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification while completing the program. In the fall of 2015, students will be able to complete autism studies coursework to obtain Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysis (BCABA) certification.

Community and University Resources

  • The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism organizes and provides training opportunities for families and community partners.
  • The Passages program provides students and potential students along the autism spectrum with the opportunity to enroll in college-level classes designed to fit their distinctive needs and skills.
  • The center engages faculty and the community in sensitivity training to further support individuals with autism.
  • UVU's annual Autism Conference invites members of the community to hear important speakers and attend sessions to gain skills for assisting individuals with autism.
  • The center partners with Emergency Medical Services programming on campus to support and train first responders.
  • The center builds upon existing partnerships and develops new opportunities to serve as a resource throughout the community.

Mail a Check

Make your check payable to:
UVU Foundation

Send it to:
800 University Parkway,
MS 111,
Orem, Utah 84058

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Autism Program
Autism Program