Sally Burton-Hoyle

A photo of Sally Burton-Hoyle.


Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders

107 John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


  • Ed.D. Special Education, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 1988
    • Dissertation: Self-Esteem, Locus of Control and Career Aspirations of Siblings of
             Persons with Disabilities
             Advisor: A. Lee Parks, Ph.D.

  • M.S. Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1980
    • Thesis: Vocational Opportunities for Students with Emotional Disturbances
             Advisor: Richard Whelan, Ph.D.

  • B.S. Avila College, Kansas City, MO, 1976
    • Concentration:  Elementary Education/Learning Disabilities/Emotional Disturbance


Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle, sister to a person on the autism spectrum, has served on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and is currently a panelist on the National Quality Forum for Person Centered Planning (PCP) and Practices and was executive director of the Autism Society of Michigan from 1994-2006. Dr. Burton-Hoyle has developed both graduate and undergraduate programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Eastern Michigan University. Burton-Hoyle worked to enact into Michigan’s Mental Health Code a statute which mandates PCP for eligible recipients with a developmental disability and/or mental illness. Additionally, she has developed curriculum and trainings in ASD, challenging behaviors, and PCP for educators and mental health professionals in developmental disabilities throughout the nation in all of these areas.

Interests and Expertise

Research Interests

  • College Support for Individuals with ASD
  • Family Experience of Individuals with ASD


  • Instructor, University of Idaho, Special Education Department, 1983-1994
  • Instructor, Washington State University, 1988-1994
  • Special Education Teacher for Students with Emotional Disturbances, Champaign Centennial
    High School, Champaign, IL, 1978-1983
  • Special Education Teacher K-12 Special Education, St. John, KS, 1976-1978

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2017, winter) Leading With Strengths.
  • VanZoeren, S., Bridge, T., Lemerand, P., Burton-Hoyle, S. & Boik, C. (2016). A study of the
    effectiveness of the college supports program for young adults with autism spectrum disorder.
    Manuscript submitted for review.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S., Brown, F. (2013, December) A curriculum to prevent seclusion, restraint and
    aversive practices. TASH. Washington, D.C.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2013). Autism spectrum disorders. In P. Smith (Eds.), Disability and diversity,
    (pp. 87-91). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2013). The role of the family. In P. Smith (Eds.), Disability and diversity, (pp.
    109-115). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers.
  • Dorn, K., Fries, D. & Burton-Hoyle, S. The utilization of UDL in teaching science to students
    with ASD. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Grandin, T., Curry, C., Helmstetter, E., Handy, D., with Cutler, E. & Burton-Hoyle, S. (2011).
    The family enrichment weekend manual.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2011, May). Obesity and autism: Innovative approaches utilizing visual
    supports. Autism Society of Michigan Horizons Magazine.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2011, April). Autism and self-determination: Strategies for the future.
    Exceptional Parent Magazine.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2010, February). Positive coping. Perspectives in Autism.
    Burton-Hoyle, S. (2009, November). Family coping, ASD and the military. Exceptional Parent
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2009, March). With autism spectrum disorders, behavior is communication.
    Taiwan Journal of Autism.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2008, Fall). Autism, anxiety and communication. Autism Society of Michigan
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2008, Fall). Autism spectrum disorders: Best practice educational strategies.
    LDA of Michigan Quarterly.

Selected Presentations

  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (September, 2017) ASD 101 with Focus on Behavior. Michigan Alliance for Families, Lansing MI
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (August, 2017) College Supports for Students with ASD, Housing Staff and Resident Advisors, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (April, 2017) Interventions for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan, Michigan State University & Great Lakes Social Work Institute, Traverse City, MI
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (February, 2016) Authentically Done Person Centered Planning, Autism Society of Los Angeles, Culver City, CA
  • Burton-Hoyle, S.  (February, 2017) Person Centered Planning and Self-Determination, Autism Alliance of Michigan, Lansing, MI and Wayne County, MI)
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (January, 2017) Person-Centered Planning and Self-Determination, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2016, July). Interventions for persons with ASD and families across the lifespan. Great Lakes Institute for Social Work, Traverse City, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2016, February). Person-centered planning and ASD. Autism Society of Los Angeles (ASLA), Culver City, CA.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S., Fries, D. and Kraii, R. (2015). The development of sensitivity skills in emergency responders to persons with disabilities. Development of Training for Community,
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, December). Supporting young adults with ASD in the juvenile justice system. Michigan Judicial Institute, Lansing MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, November). Person-centered planning and ASD. Autism Society of Los Angeles (ASLA), Culver City, CA.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, October). Person-centered Planning Webinar Series. Iowa Department of Social Services.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, October). Alternatives to seclusion and restraint. Culture of Gentleness Conference. Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, East Lansing, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, August). Person-centered planning webinar series. Michigan Department of Community Health.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, July). Person-centered planning webinar series. Brain Injury Association of Michigan.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, June). Person-centered planning. Michigan Developmental Disabilities Conference, Lansing, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. & Lemerand, P. (2013, November) College supports for university students with autism spectrum disorders. ASHA, Chicago, IL.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2012, December) A curriculum to prevent seclusion, restraint and aversive practices. TASH, Long Beach, CA.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2012, November). Autism spectrum disorders. Current Issues in Juvenile Justice: A Seminar for Experienced Juvenile Probation Officers and Caseworkers. Michigan Hall of Justice, Lansing, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (Invited Participant). (2012, July 15). Webinar: Impact of Autism on All Family Members. National Organizational Summit.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2011, November). Autism and family/sibling support. Families Together for Persons with Autism Conference. Pullman, WA.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2011, September) Supporting families and siblings of persons with autism across the lifespan. Community Options for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2011, August). Supporting children and families of persons with autism spectrum disorders. Michigan County Social Services Association Annual Conference. Bay City, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2011, April). Memorial lecture: Evidence based practice in autism. Michigan Department of Community Health Annual DD Conference. Lansing, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2010, September). Behavior is communication: Facilitating positive behavioral supports for children with challenging behavior. National Training Center on Inclusion. San Diego, CA.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2010, August). Supporting persons with ASD in their home and community. Virtual Center for Excellence, Wayne State University, Romulus, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2010, March). Autism and transition to employment. Michigan Occupational Support Personnel Association (MOSPA), Flint, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2010, February). Person-centered planning and ASD. Michigan Association for Community Mental Health Board Association, Lansing, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2009, July). Enhancing and supporting persons with ASD in the school and community. Military Consortium for Education of Children (M-CEC). Philadelphia, PA.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2008, March). Supporting children with ASD in the home, school and community. North Dakota Symposium on Autism. Minot State University, Minot, ND.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2007, December). Person-centered planning and long-term care. Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2007, July). Autism spectrum disorders: Strategies and solutions. Rehabilitation Services Administration Project Directors Conference. Washington DC.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2006, February). Aspergers and successful employment. Michigan Rehabilitation Services Conference. Southfield, MI.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2006, August). Siblings of persons with disabilities: KIDPOWER. Florida DD Council, Miami, FL.
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2005, November). ASD and family. TASH, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Burton-Hoyle, S. (2005, October). ASD and the family. Illinois Developmental Disabilities Council Conference. Chicago, IL.


  • TASH, member 1990 to present
  • TASH, committee member, Human Rights
  • Autism Society of Michigan, member, 1994 to present
  • Association for community Advocacy, Ann Arbor 1994 to present
  • The Arc Michigan, member, 1994 to present
  • CEC, 1975 to 1990, Idaho State President, 1986
  • Families Together for People with Disabilities, Board member and President, 1986-2012
  • Temple Grandin-Eustacia Cutler Fund, Advisor, 2013-2015