Eastern Michigan's Autism Collaborative Center, Children's Institute celebrate official opening

by Pamela Young, Published October 17, 2011



Eastern Michigan's Autism Collaborative Center, Children's Institute celebrate official opening


WHO:                Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center (ACC), and the Children's Institute

WHAT:             Hand in Hand Celebration

WHEN:                Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.,

WHERE:              Fletcher Building gymnasium, 1055 Cornell Rd., in Ypsilanti, across from Eastern's softball field.

Eastern Michigan University will celebrate the official opening of the Autism Collaborative Center and the Children's Institute. Approximately 40 students from the center and institute will each cut portions of a paper chain to represent a ribbon cutting.  Nearly 100 small pumpkins, decorated by the students, will be given away. Tours will also be offered.

Autism Collaborative Center: 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an average of 1 in 110 children in the U.S. has autism spectrum disorder. The disorder can vary from individual to individual, ranging from those with higher than usual intelligence who can function normally, except for some social challenges, to those with severe mental disability.
  • Provides high-quality direct services to children and adults with autism, their parents, siblings and caregivers. By working with the entire family, a person with autism may become more productive and independent.
  • The Center is the only non-profit, university-based autism center in the country where services nutrition, music therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, special education, speech therapy and therapeutic recreation.
  • Offers supportive services in a community center atmosphere where individuals with autism can participate in activities regardless of their level of social development, their behavior differences or environmental sensitivities.

Children's Institute

  • Founded in 1990, the EMU Children's Institute draws on the University's national role in many areas of educational leadership, and EMU's commitment to children, early childhood education, child care and child development.
  • The Institute focuses on service, teaching, research and outreach.
  • The Institute's mission is to provide high quality early childhood education programs for children of EMU faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community.
  • The Institute provides programs for children 18 months through 6 years, and provides a summer day camp for children entering kindergarten and first grade. It serves an average of 230 families annually.
  • The Institute administers the supervised lab practicum placement required by Teacher Education to meet accreditation standards for early childhood education students. The program helps prepare an average of 120 EMU students a semester.




Pamela Young

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