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.
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!
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