New Telehealth live stream video to debut at Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center

Program to provide critical services to rural, disadvantaged Michiganders

by Pamela Young, Published May 08, 2013

Eastern Michigan University's new Telehealth program uses a live video stream that allows health care professionals at EMU's Autism Collaborative Center to expand care to rural or disadvantaged families in Michigan with a child or young adult who is autistic.

There are numerous rural communities in the state where there is no money or available transportation for consultations, diagnosis or parent support. The program, which will help to address these needs, was made possible thanks to a $500,000 grant from the State of Michigan that was awarded to EMU's Center in 2011. 

AT&T also contributed $25,000 to allow the ACC to expand services it offers to Michigan families.  They will be honored at this event.

What:  Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center will host a brief event to debut its new live video stream, called Telehealth, that will link the Center's health care professionals with people in need of help for their child or young adult with autism.  AT&T will also present a check to the ACC during the event.

When:  Friday, May 10, 10 a.m.

Where: The Autism Collaborative Center, 1055 Cornell Road, at the northwest corner of the EMU campus (in the former Fletcher Elementary School.)

Why:  Autism is a complex and costly disorder that results in significant difficulties in communication, socialization, learning and behavior.  Children with autism often have a difficult time being properly diagnosed or receiving therapy, which requires individualized intervention. The new program can help families throughout the state and save them time and money.

Saline residents Kelly and Steve VanSingel, who have two daughters with autism, will speak about the Center's benefits and the new government mandate for insurance coverage.

A live video stream featuring a music teacher in a Clare, Mich. classroom will demonstrate the Telehealth program's effectiveness in reaching out to Michiganders throughout the state.

Special guests include:

  • Lt. Gov. Brian Calley;
  • Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe County);
  • James Murray, president of AT&T Michigan;
  • Chairman of the EMU Board of Regents Francine Parker;
  • EMU Regent Michael Hawks; and
  • Dr. Susan Martin, president of Eastern Michigan University.

The Eastern Michigan University Autism Collaborative Center, which is non-profit, offers a team of professionals and highly trained students from various departments, and offers services ranging from music therapy and occupational therapy to speech therapy and dietetics.


Pamela Young

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