Mission: Creating meaningful opportunities that enrich the lives of people with autism, their families and their community.
Programs: Individual residential alternatives provide room, board, protective oversight, and care to residents in small, community residences. Forty-two people with autism received services in this program during 2014. All residents attend education or adult services programs or work in paid employment opportunities during the week. Each resident works with staff on specific goals identified in their approved individualized service plan (isp) to learn skills that will enable them to become more independent. During free time, residents choose from a variety of activities that include hobbies, shopping, sports & recreational outings and family visits.
nys state education department certified education program for children with autism from ages five through twenty-one. A total of one hundred and seven students received services at two locations in this program in 2014. Training in functional activities of daily living skills supplement academic coursework. Support to students includes speech language pathology services, occupational therapy, music/art/creativemovement/dance activities and adaptive physical education per their individualized education plan (iep). Students over the age of 14 are assessed and provided support to help prepare them for postgraduationemployment opportunities or adult services.
day services include day habilitation, blended day services, supplemental day habilitation, acces-vr and supported employment programs. The variety of services offered in these programs includes training in activities of daily living, prevocational skills, horticulture therapy, participation in art/music/creative movement/dance activities and recreational activities. Some people work at paid jobs in the community with the support of job coaches. Art and music programs are offered two evenings per month in the supplemental day habilitation program. Through self-advocacy, people are encouraged to participate in activities of interest to them. Participants in the drumming group no words spoken performed for school groups and at several community events throughout the year. Many of our talented artists exhibited artwork at local galleries and businesses. One-hundred and eight children and adults received services in these programs in 2014.