The Center for Autism Inclusivity provides educational support and conducts research to better serve individuals with autism in the classroom, the workplace, and beyond. In partnership with Anderson Center for Autism, the center promotes workforce development for professionals serving individuals with autism, creates autism-inclusive learning environments, and provides the most up-to-date information and research on autism spectrum disorders.

Workforce Development for Professionals Who Serve Individuals with Autism

To help meet the increasing need for professionals who work with and support individuals with autism, the Center for Autism Inclusivity will develop academic programs that prepare professionals to work with those who have autism and provide career pathways for current professionals to hone and advance their skills.

Transfer Credit for Professional Certifications

The center has partnered with SUNY Empire’s Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning to conduct a Professional Learning Evaluation (PLE) of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential and two trainings offered by Anderson Center for Autism: The Direct Support Professional and Approved Medication Administration. These evaluations provide up to 13 college credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree at SUNY Empire for anyone with the RBT credential and any direct care staff who completed the two Anderson Center for Autism trainings.

Targeted Degree Programs

SUNY Empire is working with the Anderson Center to develop a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program that will prepare graduates to become NYS licensed behavior analysts and board-certified behavior analysts. This program is currently under SUNY and New York State Education Department (NYSED) review. Pending SUNY and NYSED approval, the anticipated launch date is September 2021.

SUNY Empire: An Autism-Supportive College

Despite the growing number of students with autism who seek a college degree, the number of colleges addressing their needs is not growing fast enough. To date, no colleges offer supports for students with autism in fully online programs. The center will educate SUNY Empire faculty and staff on autism and how to meet the needs of students with autism in face-to-face and online environments. The center will also partner with New York state high schools to create a pipeline into SUNY Empire programs for highly qualified students with autism.

Up-to-date Information, Education, and Training for Better Autism Services

Parents, teachers, employers, and service providers need access to up-to-date, accurate information about autism spectrum disorders. Working with partners across New York state and around the world, the center will provide that information, as well as education and training to parents, professionals, employers, community organizations, and others who support individuals with autism.

Cutting-edge Research to Support Individuals with Autism

In collaboration with external partners, the center faculty and staff will conduct applied research on methods, tools, and practices to support individuals with autism.


Current News and Events

Announcing the New Center Director

The center is pleased to announce the hiring of its founding director, Noor Syed, BCBA-D, LBA-LBS. Syed holds a Ph.D., M.Phil, and M.S. degree in applied behavior analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in psychology applied behavior analysis from Binghamton University. She is a board-certified behavior analyst – doctoral and a licensed behavior analyst/specialist in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. She also holds birth-to-second-grade teacher certification in general education and special education. She currently serves as a verified course sequence coordinator for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and as an authorized continuing education provider coordinator for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Prior to joining SUNY Empire, Syed was a professor of practice and the clinical director of Lehigh University Autism Services and the director of international partnerships for the Global Autism Project. Before academia, Syed worked in a variety of professional settings as a applied behavior analyst and special-education teacher.

Question and Answer Sessions

To ensure that the Center for Autism Inclusivity-Anderson Center partnership is grounded in the real-world needs of individuals with autism, their communities, and organizations that serve them, the Center for Autism Inclusivity and Anderson Center are embarking a virtual listening tour. Over the next several months, SUNY Empire, Center for Autism Inclusivity, and Anderson Center leadership will hold a series of question and answer sessions across New York state to learn firsthand about stakeholder needs and how the Center for Autism Inclusivity-Anderson Center partnership can help address those needs.

Recordings of Past Sessions

 Please send your inquiries to autism@esc.edu.