Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism

University of Toledo Center for Excellence in Autism

University of Toledo Medical Center
1400 East Medical Loop MS 1161
Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: (419) 383-3030
Fax: (419) 383-2897

University of Toledo Center for Excellence in Autism (CFEA)


To improve the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.


To build a continuum of services and research opportunities that satisfy the dynamic needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the lifespan. The CFEA is a provider for both the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Specifically, the major goals of the CFEA are to provide:

  1. Interdisciplinary education and training of current and future leaders in the field of ASD.
  2. Collaborate with other service providers, advocacy organizations and institutions at the regional, state and national levels wherever possible, to develop a seamless system of care coordination across the lifespan.
  3. Maintain a person-centered focus for service delivery that includes consideration of the needs of families or caregivers as well.
  4. Conduct, support, and coordinate research that facilitates relevant advancements in medical treatment, strengthens evidenced-based intervention practices, and identifies additional areas of need 
  5. Undertake advocacy to effect legislation, regulation, and policy on behalf of the Autism community.