Adults with Autism
Utah has the second highest prevalence rate for autism in the United States. The most recent prevalence estimate by the Center for Disease Control indicates that 1 in 58 children in Utah has Autism. These children are moving into adulthood and bumping up against the cliff of disappearing services. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.
Carmen B. Pingree Center for Learning is planning to expand our programs to have a separate adult campus. There is an unfilled need for autism services that meet the needs and are accessible for every adult in Utah. It is estimated that there are around 1,000 individuals in Salt Lake County who could qualify and benefit from these programs. This is a critical service that could help fill an unmet need.
What makes us different?
We successfully serve the hardest, most affected population with quality programs. Adults with autism are found to have extremely high unemployment rates of 80-85%. This is due to many factors related to their disability. There are also adults with significant needs who are not able to be employed but need a quality program that can continue to provide meaningful opportunities to help them build skills.
Many parents of individuals with autism know that after their children age out of educational services between the ages of 18 and 22, there is a cliff that they fall off of due to lack of services available for adults with autism. There are also many adults with autism who are unable to live independently. Many of these individuals continue to live with their parents until their parents can no longer support them.
The adult program will be an extension of The Pingree Center’s core principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The Pingree programs successfully support individuals with autism who have lower cognitive skills, lower communication skills, and individuals with significant behavior, such as biting, head banging, running, hitting, etc. Other agencies provide housing and vocational services for adults. Some even serve adults with autism, but there is a critical need for quality services for adults with autism who require this high level of support. This program will be able to appropriately and meaningfully serve this group of individuals.
This program will provide much-needed services to adults with autism to meet supported housing needs as well as vocational skills training. The vocational skills training program will support up to 50 individuals with vocational skills training needs. The vocational skills training program will aim to provide supported employment in community agencies when appropriate for the individual. When supported community employment is not appropriate, other skills training and meaningful activities will be available at the training center. The ultimate goal is increased independence for individuals based on their personal skills and abilities.
Get In Touch
Carmen B. Pingree is determined on providing support, education, and resources for people with autism of all ages. We offer autism preschool, elementary, and adolescent education programs in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you would like to learn more about the services we provide, give us a call today at (801) 581-0194.
Visit our Adult Autism Center page for more info!