Autism Day Services

Social, educational, and vocational solutions for adults with autism.

 

Transitioning from the school environment into the outside world can be a daunting challenge for teens and young adults with autism and their families. Advocates’ Autism Day Services are specially designed for this phase of life, encouraging independence through paths to employment and opportunities for young adults to successfully contribute to the community.

Activities at the Life Skills & Learning Center include a unique combination of recreation, vocational training, and community engagement. The Advocates team partners with young adults and their families to develop a creative program plan that’s based on their vision, goals, and interests.

Whether it’s through cooking, arts, technology, exploring a new hobby or skill, or serving the community, Autism Day Services offers individuals a wide array of choices for enrichment, interaction, and activity as they navigate this transition into adulthood.

Eligibility

Autism Day Services are open to adults 18 and older on the autism spectrum. Our team works closely with local schools, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Developmental Services to meet the needs of each participant. Funding sources may include school districts, Department of Developmental Services, MassHealth, private pay, and others.

Related News/Updates

Life Skills & Learning Center May Update

An Update from Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center 

 

Welcome spring and warm sunshine! Recently, even more friends joined us back at Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center! As of April, 65% of our members have returned to in-person services. Those participating in remote services are highly encouraged to join our daily Zoom programming. It is always good to see friends!

Eight new staff members recently joined the day services team, and we're excited to have them on board! As more friends join us in person, we are working closely with our recruitment team to highlight day services job openings.

With the warmer weather, exciting opportunities are on the horizon! We are eager to start tending to our community and program gardens, volunteering at Unity Farm, and having more fun day excursions.

Many individuals in our employment program have returned to work, while others are beginning new adventures. To help our friends stay educated about COVID-19 protocols, we're offering a new training program focused on social distancing, mask wearing, best ways to greet and interact with peers, and more.

We continue to work closely with our funders and sister agencies to secure the future of day services. We don’t anticipate changes to our social distancing requirements any time soon, thus not allowing for many more friends to rejoin us on site. Remote services will likely end at the end of 2021, when the state of emergency is complete. With enhanced funding for day services concluding at the end of May, we appreciate any outreach and advocacy to express the continued need for additional funding to continue to provide day services and support the staff that care for your loved one.

 

 

Sincerely, 

Elizabeth Bardasz
Senior Director of Developmental and Brain Injury Day Services

 

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