​Oklahoma Autism Center


The Oklahoma Autism Center (OAC) strives to improve the quality of life for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families by building the capacity of existing public programs to provide effective services. The OAC works statewide with existing community-based services with the goal of creating cost-effective and sustainable programs for children with autism and their families.

 By collaborating with early intervention (SoonerStart), Oklahoma State Department of Education, public schools, the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council and other public programs, OAC strengthens services for children with autism through the use of evidence-based practices and professional development. Supports and services provided through OAC include: 

Early Access

  • provides autism awareness activities statewide
  • provides training for providers to conduct screenings and facilitate early identification of children with autism
MESA Project
  • conducts in-depth training for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and other school professionals
  • provides technical assistance in the classroom including hands-on modeling and coaching
  • ·offers practical, short-term internships

 Early Foundations

  • provides comprehensive intervention using evidence-based strategies in an inclusionary demonstration project for toddlers and young children with autism
  • serves as a model site for replication and training

 Research Activities

  • conducts translational and applied research with the goal to transform the diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with autism and related disabilities.

For more information please visit OAC’s website at www.autismcenterok.org