State awards $500,000 grant to Eastern Michigan University Autism Collaborative Center

by Geoff Larcom, Published May 31, 2012

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The Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern Michigan University is set to receive a $500,000 grant from the State of Michigan.

The grant was included in next year's state budget for the Michigan Department of Community Health, which was passed today by the Michigan House and Senate and is subject to approval by Governor Rick Snyder.

The money will be used to support the center's operations and expand its ability to serve families, which is particularly important as the new autism insurance mandate takes effect.

Autism is a complex and costly disorder that results in significant difficulties in communication, socialization, learning and behavior. Treatment for children and young adults with autism requires individualized intervention.

"Eastern Michigan University is grateful to the Michigan legislature and to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville for recognizing the valuable work being done at Eastern's Autism Collaborative Center," said Susan Martin, Eastern Michigan's president. "This grant will help our center's staff to continue their exceptional and distinctive work in helping Michigan's families."

Richardville (R-Monroe) said that, "EMU's Autism Collaborative Center is an invaluable resource to countless families dealing with autism throughout southeast Michigan."

"This year's grant follows last year's state grant of $500,000, which is being used to establish a Telehealth model that will use a live video stream to evaluate and treat clients.

The Autism Collaborative Center, which is non-profit, offers a team of professionals and highly trained students from various departments, and has services ranging from music therapy and occupational therapy to speech therapy and dietetics. The center, which opened in 2009, is located at 1055 Cornell Road, at the northwest corner of the EMU campus, in the former Fletcher Elementary School building.

For more information, call the Autism Collaboration Center at 734-485-2890 or visit the website at http://www.emich.edu/acc/

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