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.

Website: http://www.marywood.edu/soar/

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

Website: http://milestonesforyoungadults.com/

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a research environment that fosters visionary thinking and innovation in 1996.

Since its inception, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children’s to over 200 sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities

 See: http://www.projectsearch.us/

Young Adult Group – Bellevue, WA

Cynthia Johnson, MA, who founded the Venture Program for unique learners on the spectrum at Bellevue College, leads group focusing on relationship and daily living skills, educational, and vocational preparation.

Contact Cynthia for more information at:

Email: CJohnson@rethinkhighered.com
Phone: (425) 417 7984.
see also: http://rethinkhighered.com/

Northwest Child

Northwest’s Child provides a safe nurturing place for children, teens and adults with moderate to severe special needs. For our school aged clients our program is a valuable extension to each student’s school day and increases their chances at mastering the many goals they strive to achieve.

For our adult clients, our program takes the place of school with an emphasis on life skills, community interactionand building relationships with peers. Our program encourages vocational, social, and educational growth in a variety of ways, including volunteer opportunities, field trips, and working with individual education plans. Our clients are continually learning, building friendships and gaining a stronger sense of community.

Website: http://www.northwestchild.org/
Contact: Darcy at (206) 526-2493

Living with Aspergers – Seattle

An ongoing group of adults where interpersonal skills can be learned in a non-stressful environment. Vocational counseling also available.

When: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM
Where: Group Health on Capitol Hill
Phone: Becker and Associates at (206) 935-2479 for details, or …
Email: stevebeckerassociates@comcast.net

Tavon Center Day Program for Young Adults with Disabilities – Issaquah, WA

Tavon fills the transition gap for young adults who have graduated from high school and are working towards employment. The focus is on horticultural therapy.

Tavon Center is located on 5 acres in Issaquah with working gardens. Vocational skill development, stimulating activities and a community of friends.

Contact: Therese Vafaeezadeh
Phone: (425) 503-6481
Email: therese@tavoncenter.org
Website: http://www.tavoncenter.org/