This Innovative Autism Center Is a “Beacon of Hope” for People Affected By AutismThe Autism Site
April was a fitting month for Utah Valley University to break ground on the Cole Nellesen Building. Not only is it autism awareness month, but the university plans to have the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism in the building. Utah needed a center like this, as one in 68 children get diagnosed with autism, and a center for autism is critical to help parents of children on the spectrum. The community clearly saw how important this center is, as it's being funded entirely by private donations.
The Nellesen's hope for the center to bring people together for autism. Holland considers this a significant moment for UVU, which is the only university in Utah to offer a minor in autism studies. Private donations have totaled $8.4 million, along with another $500,000 for technology and program support, so the university is on track to have the center finished by April 2017.
UVU is one of many schools at the forefront of helping those with autism. To see another school helping in its own way, check out how this school emphasizes the strengths of kids on the spectrum.