Marywood University’s SOAR Program

SOAR (Students On-Campus Achieving Results) is a one-of-a-kind program that encourages independent living and prepares students with autism for competitive employment.

SOAR provides students with autism “real life experiences” in an age-appropriate environment. The 8 enrolled students attend classes at Marywood, participate in a half-day of vocational activities in various offices and departments at the University, and participate in student activities.


Coming Of Age With Autism

About one in 120 children in the Washington state public school system have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 430 percent increase from a decade ago. In the next decade many of those teenagers with autism will become adults. But what they will do as adults is anyone’s guess. Autism is often associated with children, but it’s a lifelong condition.

In Coming Of Age With Autism, we meet young people taking their first steps toward independence, and the family members and professionals who support them.


Milestones for Young Adults

Milestones For Young Adults/Transition to Independent Living is for men and women who need help transitioning into adulthood and the more complex society we live in today.

Milestones is based in the town of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho


Alliance of People with disAbilities

The Alliance of People with disAbilities is located in King County, Washington. We are two independent living centers, located in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. At the Alliance, we work to make our community more accessible, inclusive, and usable for everyone.  Our programs are open to people with all types of disabilities.

Operating as an independent living center since 1991, we are dedicated to provide the four core independent living services which are:

  1. Information and Referral
  2. Independent Living Skills Training
  3. Peer Counseling (on an individual and group basis)
  4. Advocacy (self advocacy and systems advocacy). Our advocacy efforts at the Alliance include the Disabilities Law Project with a lawyer who handles civil rights cases for community members.




PAS Center for Personal Assistance Services

By promoting research, training, technical assistance and dissemination about personal assistance services, the Center’s mission is to ensure that people with self-care limitations can find information that will help them live independently.

Funding is provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education,  Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.