Our Mission

Mission for Educating Citizens with Autism "MECA" assists individuals with autism in reaching their full potential as productive, socially-connected, and personally-fulfilled individuals by establishing appropriate educational and community programs in the least restrictive environment possible, by raising the general public's awareness of autism, by advocating for greater acceptance and support of individuals with autism, and by facilitating opportunities for persons with autism to participate more fully in their communities.


Thanks to all for attending and supporting the First Annual:
Pledge for their Potential - 5K Run/Walk for Autism

5K Results (PDF)    5K Awards (PDF)

Click to view photos of the 5K Run/Walk for Autism

PAAL would like to thank all of the parents who joined us
 to kick off the 2011-2012 school year!

We are all eager for a productive year of growth and learning.

MECA and PAAL would like to thank everyone who attended the  productive, informative (and crowded!) presentation led by Dr. Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D. at the Great Valley Desmond on the 30th. Your input was and is invaluable! Also thanks to Endicott College for your participation. Click their links to learn more about their Master's Programs.  

PAAL Pages Spring 2011:
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MECA/PAAL has a YouTube Channel
See what PAAL parents have to say about the program!

Click to view all our videos and subscribe to our channel for more updates.


Why Choose Endicott?
  • Nationally recognized faculty in both fields of autism and behavior analysis;
  • Superior online education which includes face to face interaction with faculty;
  • M.Ed. without the requirement of student teaching;
              Endicott's Master's Degree program surpasses the education provided by other distance learning programs by providing face to face competency based teaching and assessment through their two week (in the first year) and one week (second year) "seminar style" courses in place of requirement of student teaching.
  • Required supervision hours for national board certification in behavior analysis available as part of Endicott's regional program.

SARRC presents "Opening Doors":

A Discussion Of Residential Options For Adults Living With Autism And Related Disorders
The study focuses on the residential concerns of adults living with autism and related disorders and is designed to advance the development of replicable residential models that offer quality, affordable housing options within the fabric of their communities. It also addresses current and projected demand for life-long living options that support the segment of individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders unable to live on their own.
Click here to learn more at SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center)


Curious About the PAAL Program?
Get an overview of the program and its history, the program components, curriculum and more on our PAAL Program page.

Click Here to view a PDF of a typical weekly schedule for a student.

  Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program!
Mission for Educating Citizens with Autism, through its MECA Foundation, is proud to announce that we are now eligible to receive support as a Scholarship Foundation Organization through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Click here to learn more!





Can you help?

MECA needs new or "gently used" items for the PAAL Program.  To see a list of these items, please visit our Contribute Page


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Mission for Educating Citizens with Autism
115 Washington Ave. - Downingtown, PA 19335
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