Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center to be featured Feb. 2 on PBS program, "A Wider World"

by Geoff Larcom, Published February 01, 2010

YPSILANTI — The Autism Collaborative Center of Eastern Michigan University will be featured on television Feb. 2 as part of a Public Broadcasting System program that will focus on opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The PBS broadcast is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 56 WTVS in Detroit. Channel 56 is shown on Comcast Cable on Channel 6 or Channel 240 on high definition.

The show, entitled “A Wider World” is a weekly half-hour news magazine show that focuses on developments and issues involving persons with disabilities.

“The Autism Collaborative Center offers families hope, support and many services to meet the significant challenges of autism,” said Pamela Lemerand, assistant professor of occupational therapy and project director for the center. “This broadcast will be so helpful in letting families know about the opportunities available to help their family members with autism reach their maximum potential.”

The show will air across Michigan and other Midwest states, along with Canada, California, the Carolinas and some western and southern states. It will air again in April during Autism Awareness Month.

In collaboration with community partners, the center seeks to be a focal point in providing information and support services for adults and children. In addition, it serves as an education and training center that conducts research on effective interventions and treatments.

The Autism Collaborative Center is unique in that it is the only non-profit, university-based autism center in the country where services include nutrition, music therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, special education, speech therapy and therapeutic recreation.

The center is located at 1055 Cornell Street in Ypsilanti, in the former Fletcher School Building.

For more information on the center, check the Web site at www.accemu.org or e-mail autismcenter@emich.edu.

Geoff Larcom



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