About Us

The Autism Council of Utah (ACU) is an independent council working to foster collaboration, communication, and learning among families and agencies. Our aim is to promote access to resources and responsible information for individuals of all ages who have or are affected by autism, or related conditions.

The ACU is comprised of voluntary members, has virtually no overhead, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Please donate now and help us build support for our many families in Utah who are affected by autism. Your gift will help support awareness, education and programs, research, and other autism related services.

Our Mission

The Autism Council of Utah is an independent council working to foster collaboration, communication, and learning among families and agencies. Our aim is to promote access to resources and responsible information for individuals of all ages who have, or are affected by autism, or related conditions. The Council will accomplish this by supporting statewide partnerships to collaborate on special projects, research, and training.


Our History & Who We Are

The ACU has worked diligently since 2005 to establish an effective organization that can benefit Utah’s families and agencies.  Although we are an independent council, we have support from the Governor as well as the executive departments of the State. The ACU’s focus is on supporting other organizations and agencies, maintaining and improving services and resources for people with autism throughout Utah. The membership of the ACU consists of a core group of parents and many professionals, organizations, and agencies across the State of Utah.

Some of our projects include:

  • Sponsoring and co-sponsoring several autism conferences, trainings and workshops.

  • Representing ACU in several arenas such as the Utah Autism Initiative, Governor’s Commission for Early Childhood Development, DSPD Lifespan Respite Coalition, Special Care Advisory Board, Special Educator, pediatric grand rounds and the Utah Council for Exceptional Children (to name a few)

  • Initiating special projects such as the Autism Specialty License Plate, DVDs such as Autism and Faith and Law Enforcement Training, as well as legislative education.

We are excited about our continuing progress and achievements. We are always looking for new ways to partner with organizations, parents and others. You can join our efforts today by becoming a member.

The leadership team of the ACU consists of parents and agency support, and meets monthly to direct and support the different committees. The annual ACU meeting is held in April where project status updates are given and updates are highlighted from the autism community.

Our current leadership team is:

  • Calleen Kenney ~ President

  • Pam Grover ~ President Elect

  • Cheryl Smith ~ Past President

  • Tanya Semerad ~ USBE, Agency Support

  • Colin Kingsbury ~ Community Partner Representative, Agency Support

  • Michelle Hiles ~ Public Relations

  • Jessica Kerr ~ Coordinator


The Autism Council of Utah is a parent initiated and run organization.  We strive to get at autism problems and opportunities from many different angles. Some of the things that set the Autism Council apart from other organizations is that although we are a parent led Council, we have full support from the Governor and Executive Directors from the State. Many of our Council members are from agencies across Utah, including the Health Department, Human Services, Medicaid, Utah State Board of Education, Valley and Wasatch Behavioral Health, Baby Watch, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, The Children’s Center, Easter Seals, Utah Autism Research, U of U, USU, UVU, and BYU, along with other organizations and many dedicated parents.


Other contributing members represent the Autism Society, Utah Autism Coalition, Utah Autism Initiative, and the National Autism Association on the Council. We want to make sure that everyone knows what’s going on in Utah, get the information out, support autism initiatives and programs, work at filling the gaps in services and provide the opportunity for families to find resources. Think of what we can do together to make things better in our communities!

Our Vision

To provide a website where you will find:

     • Resources and available Service Providers

     • Evaluation and Treatment Options

     • The Fast Start Checklist for the newly diagnosed

     • Grant Information

     • How to get involved

     • Info on the Autism Specialty License Plate


We Need Your Support Today!

       Have A Question?
Please take a look at our resource page.  If you can not find what you are looking for or have additional questions we can be reached at:

Address:  Autism Council of Utah
780 Guardsman Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Email: autismcouncilofutah@gmail.com

This website is supported by funds generously received from the Utah Autism Specialty Plate grant fund.

Please contact Jessica Kerr ourworld.jessicakerr@yahoo.com if you would like to be added to our resources or find any misinformation.

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All information provided on the ACU Web site is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the ACU and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ACU. Information on the ACU website is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the ACU makes no guarantees of any kind.