Sally Burton-Hoyle

Associate Professor

Expertise: Autism Spectrum disorders, Person-centered Planning for Life in the Community, College Supports for persons with Autism Spectrum disorders


Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle, sister to a person on the autism spectrum, serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) at the federal level, and has focused her life and career on improving the education and lives of people with autism and other challenging behaviors. Dr. Burton-Hoyle was Executive Director of the Autism Society of Michigan from 1994-2006 prior to coming to her current position at Eastern Michigan University.

At her current position, she developed both the undergraduate program and the Masters of Autism Spectrum Disorders Program at Eastern, and currently directs this program as well as the College Supports Program for students with autism. She has been facilitating person-centered plans since 1985, and has trained mental health agencies and direct care staff in several states in this process.

Dr. Burton-Hoyle holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and special education from the University of Idaho and a master's degree in special education from the University of Kansas.

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