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  • Writer's pictureHailey Mankey

The Viewpoint Project

We want to let you know we’ve been keeping a very cool secret…

North Georgia Autism Center and Children’s Autism Foundation were selected to participate in The Viewpoint Project to create a documentary about all things ABA!

That means we’ll be on TV! How cool is that?!

But hang on- have you heard of the Viewpoint Project?

“The Viewpoint Project, with Dennis Quaid, is a series of educational and diverse documentaries that strives to enlighten the audience by covering a variety of issues and topics. Viewpoint Project is on the cutting edge of the television documentary industry, producing top quality programming for Public Television. Viewpoint Project is dedicated to the mission of developing and distributing social and educational programming about our neighbors, our community, and world. Each story has one thing in common – changing our lives for the better.” (Summarized from

Why were we selected for this project?

The Viewpoint Project was searching the country for an ABA clinic with a special certification from the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), the top accrediting body in the field of ABA for quality services, and NGAC has this! To gain the BHCOE accreditation, NGAC went through a rigorous application process, and at the end of it we not only became accredited for 3 years, we also achieved the highest level of accreditation- which is rare! The Viewpoint Project noticed this, and after a lengthy interview process, NGAC was selected to participate and be a part of a documentary on ABA!

But wait- we aren’t the only ones included in this documentary! We had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in the Autism field, we'll introduce you to them!

1. Angie Trygestad

Angie is a local member of the Autism community in Woodstock, Georgia. She is a mother to two children on the Autism spectrum, and is an advocate for children and families within the Autism community. She’s a great resource for parents due to her work advocating for resources for her own children across multiple states.

2. Chris Vance, P.C.

Chris Vance is a special education and disability law attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her M.Ed. summa cum laude and taught for six years before obtaining her J.D. with honors from the Emory School of Law. She has been practicing law for 25 years and represents disabled children living throughout the State of Georgia. Mrs. Vance herself has a child with disabilities and offers not only legal and education expertise but personal knowledge regarding the provision of an appropriate education to disabled children and the obstacles parents too often face.

3. Dr. Michael Mueller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, IBA

Dr. Michael M. Mueller is the Executive Director of the International Behavior Analysis Organization, and the Co-Owner and Director of Behavioral Services for Southern Behavioral Group in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the Co-Owner of Stimulus Publications. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. Mueller is the past president of Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis and of the Behavioral School Psychologist Interest Group of the National Association of School Psychology.

Dr. Mueller is also famously known in the field of ABA for publishing the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS), a seven-book assessment and teaching series to guide in the assessment and teaching of everyday, practical life skills, for learners of all ages. The AFLS is one of the most used assessments in ABA clinics around the world.

4. Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Autism Advocate

What?! We can’t believe it either!

Dr. Temple Grandin is an American scientist and industrial designer whose own experience with autism founded her professional work in creating systems to counter stress in certain human and animal populations.

Grandin was unable to talk at age three and exhibited many behavioral problems; she was later diagnosed with autism. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree (1970) in psychology from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) in New Hampshire, she earned a master’s degree (1975) and a doctorate (1989) in animal science from Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. From 1990 she taught animal science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she also managed Grandin Livestock Systems.

Check out our Facebook or LinkedIn page to see clips of these four amazing professionals telling their stories and giving great information on Autism and ABA services!

This documentary is airing LIVE on television RIGHT NOW! Here’s where you can view it!

Find it on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, TLC, Travel, Discovery, and PBS between 7am-11:45am, and 6pm-11:45pm!


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