June 29, 2015
doTERRA announces its support and sponsorship of an autism support center for Utah Valley youth and families affected by autism.
Pleasant Grove, Utah—June 29, 2015—With thousands of children in Utah Valley diagnosed on the autism spectrum, doTERRA is pleased to announce its involvement in a much-needed autism support center, planned at Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah. The University has begun the process of securing from the Regents formal approval for the center and the building in which it will be housed.
Utah Valley has the highest rate of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum in the United States. Currently about 1 in 54 Utah Valley children live with autism and need medical, physical, social, and, as they grow up, vocational assistance in living with autism. The partners involved in creating the autism support center are looking to help provide solutions, education, and resources to children and families affected by autism.
"UVU is committed to becoming the regional hub for autism education. Our autism initiative supports community members, working professionals, students and individuals with autism,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “We will soon have a dedicated structure because of the generosity of individuals and companies, like doTERRA, who understand the urgent need for additional resources dedicated to autism. We are not going to be the university that cracks the genetic code for autism, but we can and should be the university that cracks the code for providing the best services to individuals on the autism spectrum."
The new proposed autism center will house a preschool, an elementary classroom, two therapeutic playgrounds, a sensory garden, community rooms, and a Passage Program, where young adults with autism can enroll in noncredit, college-level classes. This program will help young adults develop job skills through classroom-to-work training. In addition, autism studies students at Utah Valley University will participate in therapeutic interventions and diagnostic sessions in designated therapy rooms.
With doTERRA’s focus on health and wellness, and keen understanding of the how plants can be used to support the human body, sponsoring the playgrounds and sensory gardens at the center is a perfect fit. The two adjoining, shaded playgrounds will help children enhance their motor skills and engage in science exploration while they play and interact with each other. Aromatic plants will be a beautiful addition to the space and will provide an uplifting, powerful experience for children and families, while also representing what doTERRA does.
"We are honored and excited to be involved in the creation of the UVU Autism Support Center,” said Kirk Jowers, doTERRA Vice President, Corporate Relations. “The autism support center will be an important and needed resource for so many Utah families and all those affected by autism. We especially look forward to helping design and build the sensory gardens, which will add beauty to the center and provide an element of healing to all those who visit."