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The Admissions Process

The Children’s Services Program

  • Welcomes school-age children up to 21 years of age who have received a primary diagnosis of autism
  • Must have a referral from a public school district or social service agency

All referrals to the Children’s Services Program should be made to Anderson Center’s Admissions Administrator and must include the following:

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Academic testing results
  • Current psychological testing
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
  • Behavioral Support Plan (BSP)
  • Psychiatric evaluation (if available)
  • Health history
  • Family and social history
  • Related services evaluations (Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy)

Referral Review Process
Our Admissions Committee reviews and evaluates referral packets upon receipt. If, through this review, a candidate is determined to be an appropriate fit for our program and the necessary approvals are secured, the parents/legal guardians are invited to a parent interview. School district personnel are also welcome to attend the interview, which includes a program review, question and answer session with representatives from the educational and residential programs and tour of the Anderson Center facilities.

Next, if the family and the Anderson Center team are in agreement to move forward toward a potential placement, a shorter student interview is scheduled. Based on the written materials and the interviews, a recommendation is then made by the interview team to our Admissions Committee for final determination.

The Adult Services Program

  • Accepts referrals for individuals over the age of 18 for our day program or residential program, or both
  • Must have a referral from the local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO), Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSCs) and/or the family of the individual

Referral Review Process
Anderson Center’s Adult Services Admissions Committee meets to review documentation and, at that time, determines whether an observation of the individual and an interview with the family is appropriate. Tours of our LIFELONG LEARNING℠ Centers and Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs) are a part of the family interview, followed by discussions with members of the adult services program administration. If the final determination is that the individual is appropriate for our program, Anderson Center will inform the family and the referral source of the decision.

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Fabulous is one word that sums up my experience at Anderson Center for Autism. I travel to two to three cities per week so I have a good sense of autism services and I’d be hard pressed to think of a center that is more comprehensive or dedicated. I am very impressed by the passion shared by Neil Pollack and the Executive Team – and the faculty is tremendous. Their creativity and vision is so evident and it manifests itself in the Center delivering what’s best for all involved. From children to adults, there’s a place for everyone at ACA.

Mark Roithmayr, Former President of Autism Speaks

Important Dates

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Agency Philosophy
ACA’s core philosophy is that all people deserve to live a life of quality.  ACA has evolved into an organization that has the expertise, resources and technology to enable the agency to contribute much toward the optimization of the quality of life of those it serves.

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