Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center featured today on PBS
The center opened last October in the former Fletcher School building in Ypsilanti. Run by EMU, it provides information and support services for autistic children, teenagers, adults and their families.
Mark Bialek | For AnnArbor.com
The center will be featured on the PBS news magazine show "A Wider World," which focuses on developments and issues involving people with disabilities. It airs today on channel 56 WTVS in Detroit, which can be found on Channel 6 with Comcast Cable or Channel 240 on high definition.
Services and programs at the school include nutrition, music therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, and special education.
In addition to programming and services for autistic individuals and their families, research conducted at the center focuses on effective interventions and treatments for autism spectrum disorders. Families of autistic individuals are welcome to use the center as a central gathering place.
"We want to serve the needs of the whole family because we believe that makes the life of the individual with autism even more productive and independent," Pamela Lemerand, the center's project director, told AnnArbor.com this fall.
CDC statistics show one in every 150 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, and the disorder can vary widely from individual to individual. It ranges from those who may have higher-than-usual intelligence and can function normally except for some social challenges to those with severe mental disability.Â
Autism lasts a lifetime, and there are fewer resources for adults than children, according to several experts. That gap in services for teenagers and adults is something the center aims to address.