Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence

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ACCE Executive Hub

The ACCE executive hub coordinates the other hubs and activities, does community outreach, and offers programming to the community, such as exercise and fitness classes, inclusive playdates, parents and caregiver workshops and groups.

The University of Scranton hub has three behavioral assessment rooms, where students in the Applied Graduate Post-Masters Certificate will gain educational experiences with individuals diagnosed with Autism.

About The Hub


Executive Hub Events & Programs



Let’s have fun and make friends and play games with CASTLE!

The Autism Collaborative Centers for Excellence (ACCE) and The University of Scranton Departement of Occupational Therapy are collaborating on a research project  for children diagnosed with Autism and related disorders. Learn more about the research project with our consent form. We will review the form in person during the first session.

  • WHO: Children and teens with Autism or other developmental disorders (ages 8-18 years)
  • WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays starting in February until May, 7-8 PM
  • WHERE:  Leahy Hall

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Fitness Classes

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Fitness classes for individuals with ASD aged 12 and older. Under faculty supervision, participants will have the opportunity to engage with University of Scranton students to exercise, socialize and make new friends. 

Our classes will be coming back in Spring! Check back for more information or sign up and be informed when classes will be back. 

Questions? Check out our FAQ's or contact Erin Dunleavy at 570-941-7000 ext. 6, or

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Programs for Parents & Caregivers

“Until you have a kid with special needs you have no idea of the depth of your strength, tenacity and resourcefulness.”~Anonymous

We want to provide a place for those who consider themselves caregivers. We want them to be supported and learn more. We are working with caregivers to share experiences, offer suggestions for the community and guide the information and advice to go to the right organization.

Parent/Caregiver Interest Group

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Our Parent/Caregiver Interest Group meets virtually via Zoom every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 PM Eastern time except holidays. This is a group where parents can meet to share ideas, interests, and meet new people. 

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Caregiver Support Group (formerly known as the Caregiver Workshop Series)

The Caregiver Support Group will meet once a week for six weeks. Each session is designed to provide caregivers the tools and support they need to further succeed.

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 ACCE Happenings

Looking for things to do and what program and resources might be available on an ongoing basis, sign up for our ACCE Happenings!


  • Free Weekly Communication
  • Latest Happenings
  • Family Friendly Community Events
  • Traings offerred in the Community
  • Resources and more!

 Job Club


This 6 Week Job Club provides a network for social and technical pre-employment support for young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. The curriculum will be developed and tailored to best meet the needs of attending members. Learn more

Meet Our Staff

Erin A. Dunleavy, Ph.D., Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence Project Manager

erinimage002.jpgDr. Dunleavy has advanced degrees in several areas - Ph.D. in Human Development, MA in Psychology, and MA in History. For three years, Erin worked as an HIV/AIDS case manager at the Wright Center for Primary Care where she developed an extensive knowledge of public benefits and local resources in the community.

Erin also worked at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine as the Assistant Director of Assessment where she developed evaluations and conducted analyses to assess the programs at the institution.

As the project manager, Erin is collaborating with all the partners in ACCE to help streamline services in the area.


Where we are located?

 Take a look inside the hub!