Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence

Leader Partners

Leader Partners

As regional thought leaders with complementary areas of ASD expertise, each of the five ACCE Leader Partners will execute individual pilot projects that target identified service gaps and contribute to the overall project goals.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) Program, developed and operated by Friendship House, is a state-of-the-art program serving children 2.5 to 6 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

Presently, the EIBI Program currently serves more than 50 children in two locations: the Northeast
Regional Autism Center located at Friendship House in Scranton, Lackawanna County; and the Center for Development Disabilities in Matamoras, Pike County.

Through a grant from the AllOne Foundation, Friendship House is expanding their program to provide services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in Lycoming County.

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Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) provides diagnostic and medical services for individuals with special developmental needs, including autism. ADMI’s multidisciplinary team includes specialists in neurodevelopmental pediatrics, genetics, psychology, speech-language pathology, radiology, and behavior analysis.

ADMI approaches neurodevelopmental disorders from the perspective of the individual patient, and considers both behavioral and medical diagnoses. Discussions with ADMI’s reputable and caring specialists can have a significant impact on helping families adapt to raising a child with special needs.

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The Autism for Lifelong Learning (ALL) programs at Misericordia University, operate as part of the Universities Autism Center with the mission to provide specialized services that are not available to support adults with autism and caregivers in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

In addition, as a part of a University, the ALL Program is establishing a model that integrates direct services that are approved and licensed by the Office of Developmental Programs, the Bureau of Autism Services, and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and includes providing opportunities for research, student training, and is part of an overarching Center that will provide sustainable services across the lifespan.

The ALL Program is committed to providing programs and services that lead to comprehensive integration in the community and workplace with at least minimum wage, in addition to respite for families/caregivers.

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The Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence has 5 family-friendly hubs that can assist in directing individuals to resources in the 13 counties. The executive hub at The University of Scranton is responsible for directing individuals to the hubs and projects within the ACCE network.

In addition, it hosts the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) graduate certificate and offers individuals with Autism the opportunity to participate in an ABA experience with our students and faculty.

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WVCA has been serving children with disabilities and their families since its inception 94 years ago. Today, the organization is one of the leading providers of education and therapy for children birth to six years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays in Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

Currently, WVCA’s programs include: Early Intervention Under 3 Program, infant/toddler care, early
identification (CATCH) Clinic, therapeutic services for speech, occupational and physical therapies as well as a preschool.

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