OREM, Utah – Utah Valley University is paving new ground in the state’s struggle with autism.
The university is offering students a new education path, a minor meant to have a major impact on Utah’s ability to provide help to those with the developmental disorder.
UVU began offering a minor in autism studies about a year ago where students learn to interact with adults and children with autism.
Professors challenge students to help those with autism cope with sensory or environmental difficulties in the classroom and at home.
The director of the program, Teresa Cardon, said the job outlook in this field is promising.
She said the state is going to need an army of workers who are able to help the many people on the autism spectrum.