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Information {back to top}

Illinois Center for Autism
548 S Ruby Ln
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Susan Szekely
Executive Director

Troy Metheney
Assistant Director


Our Purpose {back to top}
The Illinois Center for Autism (ICA) is a not-for-profit, community-based, mental health treatment,
and educational agency dedicated to serving people with autism. Referrals are made through
local school districts, hospitals, doctors,and the Department of Human Services.



Mission Statement {back to top}
To educate and serve children and adults with autism to help them achieve their highest level of independence in their home, school and community.



The Illinois Center for Autism believes that each individual is unique and defined by possibilities and not limitations. Individuals have the right to education, training and/or services specifically designed to meet his/her needs in the least restrictive environment through the use of:

  • Innovative, research based methods and practices
  • An interactive and engaging atmosphere
  • Advocacy and choice to promote self sufficiency and lifelong independence
  • A positive approach to maladaptive behaviors
  • Customized support services and training offered to individuals, families and the community
  • Services provided by qualified staff who receive ongoing, specialized training



Annual Report
To download our Annual Report, click here.



Programs {back to top}
Children Special Day School
Client and Family Support
Adult Services



Awards {back to top}
Illinois Governor’s Award
Community Services Award from AFL-CIO



Partnerships/Associations {back to top}
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
United Way of Greater St. Louis
SW. Il. Division of UW. Greater St. Louis
Tri-Cities Area Division of United Way
Oddfellows Ladies Grand Encampment
Clinton Mental Health Board
Madison County Mental Health Board
Randolph County Mental Health Board
St. Clair County Mental Health Board
St. Clair Jr. Services
Variety Club
Jocarno Foundation



Board Members {back to top}

Joy Rick (Chairperson)
Hardy Ware (Past Chairperson)
Gary Guthrie (Vice Chairperson)
Tom Berry (Secretary)
Donna Mann (Treasurer)

Board Members:
Kathy Hatton
Hardy Ware
Untress Quinn
Robert Gantner
Jean Sampson
Debbie Tempel
Ron Randle
Marion Behrman
Lynn Morton
Kena Ross-Gray
Chris Fournie
Michele Sasso
Ian Gerson




History {back to top}
1977       The Illinois Center for Autism (ICA) established a Children’s Special Day School Program.
1978       ICA was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
1980       ICA received funding to initiate a Client & Family Support Program.
1987       ICA received funding to initiate day training program for adult clients.
1992       ICA opens “Pasta Fare,” gourmet Italian take-out eatery as part of their adult services.
1995       ICA entered its first partnership with a public school. Presently we operate 5 satellite rooms.
1997       ICA hosted an International Symposium on Autism with 17 renowned leaders of autism presented.
1998       ICA takes new approach and has students change classroom throughout the day. This policy continues.
2003       Petals Remembered is opened to give clients vocational training.
2003       Pasta Fare expands to a dine-in establishment offering more employment opportunities.
2006       ASD Training offered in the community to First Responders.
2008       Community Resource Library opened.
2010       Summer Day camp offered during summer break.
2010       ICA established a Social Skills training program for the general public.
2012       ICA celebrates 35 years of education and service to individuals with autism spectrum disorder
2012       Pasta Fare Restaurant celebrates 20 years of service to the Fairview Heights community.







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