The Department of Special Education received the Community Partnership Award from Hillcroft Services. This award is presented to a for-profit or not-for-profit organization that has coordinated services with Hillcroft to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Approximately 12 months prior to the opening of the Hillcroft ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Clinic in June 2010, representatives from the Department of Special Education met on a regular basis with Hillcroft staff for the sole purpose of planning the development of the clinic. Because of the expertise and commitment of David McIntosh, Jerry Ulman, and Belinda Hughes and their willingness to share in the development process, Hillcroft now is able to support families of children with autism.

Ball State has made a commitment to maintain their involvement in the continued development and roll of the clinic through the provision of graduate assistants and practicum students from different departments at the university. Because of the benevolence of Dr. McIntosh, Dr. Ulman, Dr. John Merbler and Mrs. Hughes, Hillcroft Services has opened the door to new possibilities in the lives of individuals with autism.

The ABA Clinic is located at 920 West Main Street in Muncie. It is the only clinic offering behavioral treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders in the East Central Indiana area. Based upon the principles and technology of applied behavior analysis, the clinic provides intensive therapy, individualized academic instruction, and social skills training for children ages 3 to 12 years.