About Us

The Center for Autism Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2002. Our founder, Amy Buie, was determined to open an agency that would allow individuals to reach their fullest potential in all areas of life, regardless of ability. When we first opened our doors, in a strip mall in O'Fallon, we were serving 10 students. Now, more than twenty years later, we have multiple locations and we’ve served more than 350 individuals and their families.

The Center for Autism Education has become a staple in the special needs community. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible quality of care to our students and adult consumers with autism and other special needs. What sets us apart from other programs in the community is that we do not discriminate based on behavior. Our certified staff and therapists are trained to deal with intense behaviors including aggression, self-injurious behavior, and property destruction. Our staff members work tirelessly to reduce the occurrence of unwanted behavior and teach replacement behaviors and coping skills so that our consumers can be successful in their school/program environment as well as at home and in the community.

We can't do any of this without your help.

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Our Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of The Center for Autism Education is to accommodate the needs of everyone we serve in a respectful, supportive, and safe environment.

Acceptance

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and have an exceptional quality of life.

Inclusion

Everyone deserves the opportunity to actively participate in their community.

Growth

Everyone deserves personalized behavior support to improve functional, vocational, & academic skills.

Meet Our Team

Administration

Angie New

Ellen Adamo

Hanne Hawkins

Gerald Ledford Jr.

Andrew Peck

Erin Ransom

Stefanie Treadway

Sherry Valdespino

Therapists

Laura Berkowitz

Sarah Griffard

Patti Hamill

Vanessa Mann

Megan Rampani

Jamie Zimmerman

Teachers

Joe Ilardi

Abby Labeda

Taylor Burkemper

Ericka Vance

Support Services Leadership

Lee LaPointe

Michele Parmeley

Board of Directors

Board President

Vice President

Treasurer

Carrie Kremer

Secretary