The Autism Program (TAP)
The Autism Program (TAP) is an academic-community partnership that focuses on:
- Providing a resource and referral center for parents and professionals.
- Developing and evaluating model programs in training, treatment, and family support.
- Facilitating collaborations between agencies, schools, and individuals that enhance the community’s capacity and quality of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.
Resources available include phone support, resource room, new diagnosis orientation for families, social skills programs, training and technical assistance for professionals, and diagnostics.
Academic partners at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign include the Departments of Human and Community Development, Special Education, Speech and Hearing Science, Psychological Services Center, and the School of Social Work.
Community partners include local school districts and Carle Clinic.
The Champaign-Urbana Autism Network, a parent-professional networking group, holds monthly meetings at the Family Resiliency Center. The Autism Program is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, with additional support from the Family Resiliency Center. It is administered by the Departments of Human and Community Development and Special Education.
Program staff include:
- Aaron Ebata, Associate Professor, Human and Community Development
- Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, Assistant Professor, Special Education
- Linda Tortorelli, Program Coordinator
- Anne Hall, Resource Room Coordinator
For additional information about The Autism Program, please call 217-244-1395 or email the firstname.lastname@example.org.