What is the mission of Edward Pierce Center for Autism?

Edward Pierce Center for Autism is a non- profit organization whose sole mission is to provide support, services, and advocacy to individuals and families touched by Autism.

At E. P. Center for Autism, we seek to combat the negative impacts and stigma related to Autism spectrum Disorder (ASD) for the families touched by Autism through: creating a community of support and advocacy, increasing independent life-long skills, increasing employment opportunities for those on the spectrum, reducing parental stress, and increasing positive parental perceptions of those raising children with ASD.

Our programs are designed to assist individuals diagnosed with ASD gain independent life-long skills while discovering new found confidence and unique gifts.


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Olivia Staats:
Vice President

Olivia wears many professional hats, but chiefly adores her role as the Vice President of EPCA. After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and entering the world of education, her heart began to beat wildly for under-served populations. She continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with the understanding that in order to bring about true equity and change for these populations she would need to take advantage of a graduate degree and acquire the proper qualifications, knowledge, and skill sets. Presently, she pursues a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Tarleton State University to actively increase knowledge and skill to better advocate for such populations.

Tracy Pierce:
Founder & CEO

Honor. Courage. Commitment.

Tracy is a Marine OEF Veteran and currently teaches Government at Tarrant County Community College as well as Navarro College. Tracy is pursing a PhD in Human Services specializing in Social and Community Services, holds a M.A. in Political Science specializing in Public Policy and a B.S. in Political Science.