About University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program

The University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program is…

home_page_trainsA University-based system of community regional centers that offers a set of core services along with unique demonstration programs meeting the clinical, training, and research needs of individuals with ASD, their families, and professionals across the state of North Carolina. TEACCH® Autism Program, founded by Dr. Eric Schopler in 1972,  is a model for other programs around  the world. TEACCH Autism Program provides clinical services such as diagnostic evaluations, parent training and parent support groups, social play and recreation groups, individual counseling for higher-functioning clients, and supported employment. In addition, TEACCH Autism Program conducts training nationally and internationally and provides consultation for teachers, residential care providers, and other professionals from a variety of disciplines. Research activities include psychological, educational, and biomedical studies.

The administrative headquarters of the TEACCH Autism Program are in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and there are seven regional TEACCH Centers around the state of North Carolina. To reach the administrative headquarters, please call 919.966.2174 or emailTEACCH@unc.edu.

Mission: The University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program creates and cultivates the development of exemplary community-based services, training programs, and research to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and for their families across the lifespan.

Vision: To be the global leader in developing, cultivating and disseminating community-based interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

TEACCH Core Values

TEACHING. We share our knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and increase the skill level of others through innovative education, teaching, and demonstration models.

EXPANDING. We are committed to expanding our own knowledge and that of others to ensure that we offer the highest quality, evidence-based services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and for their families across the lifespan.

APPRECIATING. We understand and appreciate the unique strengths of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

COLLABORATING AND COOPERATING. We embody a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in our interactions with colleagues, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, and members of the larger community.

HOLISTIC. We stress the importance of looking at the whole person, their families and their communities throughout the lifespan.

TEACCH Strategic Goals

Excellence in Community-Based Services. TEACCH staff are fully engaged and equipped with current methodologies to provide evidence based services to our clients and their families in their home communities.

Beyond Childhood: Meeting the Growing Needs of Adults. TEACCH clinical and research programs are expanding to meet the growing needs of adults with ASD, their families, and professionals who serve them.

Right from the Start: Meeting the Needs of Infants and Toddlers. TEACCH clinical and research programs are expanding to meet the early detection and intervention needs of infants and toddlers with ASD, their families, and professionals who serve them.

Creating a Well-Qualified Autism Workforce. TEACCH provides exemplary training programs for students and current professionals to ensure a well-qualified autism workforce to meet the expanding numbers of individuals with ASD across the lifespan.

Longevity: The Next 40 Years. TEACCH is a financially viable program that is supported by a diverse revenue stream including state support, fee for service funds, fundraising activities, and research grants.