• Autism Council of Utah

Educational Services

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

"There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what they cannot do." Temple Grandin

“All children should have the chance to reach their potential. Baby Watch can help families make that happen.” – Jackie Leavitt

Utah School Services

Baby Watch Early Intervention Program (BWEIP) ~ Purpose is to enhance early growth and development in infants and toddlers, who have developmental delays or disabilities or both, by providing individualized support and services to the child and their family.

Early Intervention (EI) ~ Services are provided through a family coaching model that focuses on helping children meet goals in all areas of development. All services take place in the child’s natural environment (home, child care, etc.) and are tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and family.

Baby Watch,~ The State of Utah provides a program of early identification and developmental services for families of infants and toddlers in all of Utah, ages birth to three. Here is a detailed list of locations. The evaluation is free of charge. Contact your local early intervention program. A representative will meet with you to determine whether your child is eligible. If your child is between the ages of 3 and 21, services are available through your local school district.

Autism System Development ~ seeks to advance, educate and empower the lives of individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Utah by monitoring occurrence, reducing the age at first diagnosis, referring to services, facilitating research, and providing education and outreach.

The Utah Parent Center ~ has created a handout called “What is a Section 504 Plan and Does My Student Qualify for One?” This handout was created to help parents understand these plans and how they can help. If you have questions regarding Section 504 Plans, please call the Utah Parent Center at 801-272-1051 or 800-468-1160.

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) ~ also has an Education Equity monitoring office. This office has a variety of programs and resources available to assist parents, professionals and educators. Edie Park is the Educational Specialist and is available if you call 801-538-7647 or send an email to The USOE has also created a Parent Guide to Section 504.

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.

The Utah Parent Center has created a parent handbook and workshop, Parents as Partners in the IEP Process, that provides a brief overview of some of the laws and suggestions about what you can do to prepare for your important role as an equal member of the team that designs the individualized education program to meet your child’s needs. A series of 4 video training modules are available online. The 4 topics that are covered include: Evaluation and Eligibility, IEP Development, Parents’ Rights and Negotiation Skills. For more assistance with and information about IEPs, contact the Utah Parent Center by calling 801-272-1051 or 800-468-1160 or by visiting

Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship

Finding an educational environment that is a good fit for a special needs child is no easy task. Their needs are very specific and unique. Public schools try their best, and for many children that option is a good fit. However, for many others, it is not. In Utah, parents of children with special needs have a choice. They can choose a public school or they can choose a private school with the help of the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship.  This Scholarship is a state-funded program that provides private school scholarships to k-12 students with disabilities. Your child may be eligible for a Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship if they have a disability under the IDEA.

Utah State Board of Education – Special Education Department

The Utah State Office of Special Education’s – Services for At-Risk Students has many great resources to help you! They have online resources and manuals as well as contact information for individuals who can help you learn more about the services that are available for your family member with an autism spectrum disorder.

Utah Professional Development Center

Early Intervention & Education Services

Adult Autism Center of Lifetime Learning

The first of its kind. The adult Autism Center seeks to provide hands-on training focused on daily living and vocational skills.

ASSERT (Autism Support Services: Education, Research & Training)

Provides effective educational and behavioral early intervention using research-based best practices. Conducts research to improve educational and behavioral interventions for children with Autism. Utah State University ~ S. Higbee, Ph.D., BCBA Logan, UT, 84322 (435) 797-1933

Autism Solutions Academy

Autism Solutions offers private school options beginning August 2017.  Autism Solutions Academy will offer classes Pre-K through 9th grade.  They accept the Carson Smith Scholarship as well as most private insurances.  If you are interested, please send an email to the email address listed above.  There are two locations ~ Draper, Utah & Layton, Utah.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Run by and for Autistic people, ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. The handbook we’ve produced, Navigating College, and its corresponding website,, is a first-of-its-kind resource written by autistic adults for autistic college students exploring the various aspects of the higher education experience. PO Box 66122 Washington, DC 20035

Butterfly Effects

Butterfly Effects provides community based therapy and tutoring services to individuals of all ages addressing challenges in the areas of academics, behavior, communication, daily living, social and life skills. Staff with expertise in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis and other related health services guides program development, while providing oversight to a team of skill program implementers. With one-stop access to hundreds of skilled therapists and tutors from all disciplines, we can help identify the program right for you. Home/School Based Services Salt Lake City & Surrounding Areas (888) 880-9270

Carmen B. Pingree School for Children with Autism

Preschool, elementary, and secondary school for individuals with Autism spectrum disorders. The main program is in Salt Lake. They also offer parent training classes and sibling support groups. 780 S Guardsman Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1374

(801) 581-0194 *Coming Soon* Valley Behavioral Health Adult Center For Living

College & University Services

ACLS Medical Training – Medical Directors, led by Dr. Tim Henry, Director of Cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles have come together to curated a constantly growing list of more than 30 different educational scholarships for individuals with disabilities ~

Brigham Young University University Accessibility Center 1520 Wilkinson Center Brigham Young University Provo, UT 84602 (801) 422-2767

College of Eastern Utah Disability Resource Center College of Eastern Utah 451 East 400 North Price, Utah 84501 (435) 613-5806

Dixie State College Disability Resource Center Edith Whitehead Building Student Services Center Counseling and Advisement Room 201 225 South 700 East St. George, Utah 84770 (435)-652-7516

Salt Lake Community College Disability Resource Center 4600 So. Redwood Road Salt Lake City, Utah 84123 (801) 957-4659

Snow College Accessibility Resource Center Snow College 150 E. College Avenue Ephraim, UT 84627 (435) 283-7321

Southern Utah University Disability Support Center (435) 865-8022

University of Utah Center for Disability Services 162 Union Building 200 South Central Campus Drive Room #162 Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9107 (801) 581-5020

Utah State University Disability Resource Center 0101 Old Main Hill Logan, UT 84322-0101 (435) 797-2444

Utah Valley University Melisa Nellesen Center For Autism Utah Valley State College 800 West University Parkway Orem, UT 84058 (801) 863-7620

Weber State University Services for Students with Disabilities 3885 West Campus Drive, Dept 1129 Ogden, UT 84408-1129

Student Service Center ~ Room 181 (801) 626-6413

Westminster College Learning Communities 1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) is our nation’s special education law.  IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to make sure that children with disabilities had the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE), just like other children. The law has been revised many times over the years. The most recent amendments were passed by Congress in December 2004, with final regulations published in August 2006. So, in some sense, the law is very new, even as it has a long, detailed and powerful history.

IDEA guides how states and school districts provide special education and related services to more than six million eligible children with disabilities.  Utah also has its own regulations known as the “Big Black Book of Rules“. These Rules provide requirements to which local education agencies, state-operated programs (including local juvenile and adult correctional facilities and charter schools) and other public and private agencies providing publicly funded education and related services to students with disabilities must adhere.

For more information on IDEA and Utah’s Rules and Regulations, contact the Utah Parent Center by calling 801-272-1051 or 800-468-1160.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U. S. Department of Education. Section 504 states: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance…“.  Examples of programs that receive federal funding include: public and charter schools; public colleges and universities (including Utah Colleges of Applied Technology); federal and state government departments and agencies; and county and community programs including community recreation programs.

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