UW Autism Center – Tacoma

Our mission: We bring the UW Autism Center mission to individuals and their families in the South Sound. We are devoted to supporting individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan to reach their full potential.  We achieve this through:

  • offering exceptional clinical services to individuals with ASD from infancy through adulthood and their families.
  • increasing community service capacity and knowledge through public awareness and professional training.
  • conducting innovative scientific research to understand what causes ASD, how it develops, and how intervention can improve outcomes.

Our clinical services:

Diagnostic Services – autism evaluations for infants, children, and adolescents who are thought to possibly have autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based therapy – ABA LAUNCH program for more info please see https://depts.washington.edu/uwautism/clinical-services/aba-launch/

Speech Language Pathology Services – outpatient sessions to improve communication skills

Our training services:

Professional training– workshops and consultation services for providers and family members

Student training– student fieldwork placements for UW Tacoma students

Our history: The UW Autism Center began in 2000 at the UW Seattle campus.  We opened our doors at the UW Tacoma campus in 2004 with support and advocacy from multiple sources including state Senator Marilyn Rasmussen and the Autism Society of Washington.  Our goals were to increase community capacity to serve people with autism and their families by providing diagnostic and intervention services and offering professional training.  We aimed to reduce the waiting period for families seeking clinical services in the south Puget Sound region, and support community resources and connections.

We welcome you to contact us for information or to begin the intake process.


uwac_tacoma UW Autism Center – Tacoma

McDonald Smith Building
1900 Commerce St
Tacoma , WA 98402

Phone: (253) 692-4711
Fax : (877) 719-8701