Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. Between the ages of 18-22, federally mandated autism services are no longer available. There is a critical need for quality vocational programming for adults with autism.
We want to expand the Pingree programs to adults. What makes us different? We successfully serve the hardest, most affected population with quality programs.
Carmen B. Pingree’s Adult Autism Center will be the first of its kind in Utah. It will be an extension of the evidence-based treatment we provide at the existing Pingree Center but focused on daily living and vocational skills. The program will utilize applied behavior analysis (ABA) for providing treatment.
The goal will be increased independence for each client based on their abilities and interests. We will provide a variety of opportunities to access the community, have the community access the center, volunteer, internship, and supported employment opportunities.
This program will provide a place where individuals with significant needs can continue to get quality treatment and work towards independence and increased quality of life.
Adults with autism are found to have extremely high underemployment and 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.
The academics program will provide differentiated academic instruction for the individual’s needs and benefit.
A chicken coop used to teach clients how to care for animals. A greenhouse where clients will learn how to grow plants and vegetables. The eggs, plants, and vegetables will be sold at local farmer’s markets to help clients learn commerce.
Teach clients different arts and crafts. When appropriate, clients would be taught specific skills to create projects that could be sold at boutiques and farmer’s markets.
This will include a commercial kitchen to teach how to prepare individual meals, as well as items to be sold. Clients would be taught how to prepare a variety of healthy foods to increase their independence in caring for their daily needs. Clients would have the opportunity to make a food product to sell at boutiques and farmer’s markets.
A room with laundry machines, a bed, a closet, a shower, a kitchenette, etc. in order for clients to practice daily independent living skills.
Teach clients how to build healthy habits and how to exercise appropriately. Many individuals with autism experience medical issues, obesity, and would prefer to have a more sedentary lifestyle. This part of the program would help the clients learn how to have more active and healthy lifestyles. Eventually, we would want the clients to gain independence and start using the local recreation centers to exercise.
A library with age and developmentally appropriate books for clients to check out. The library will assist clients to learn how to check out books, care for borrowed items appropriately, and return them on time. This will prepare them to use the public library as they gain independence.
Help clients decrease anxiety in medical and dental environments through a partnership with Intermountain and dental office for providing services in this space.
Training clients how to make and maintain friendships, interact with peers, spend leisure time appropriately, broaden interests, and access the community appropriately
Provide training for applying for a job, interviewing, arriving to work on time, clocking in and out, taking breaks appropriately, and getting along with coworkers.
We are currently accepting donations for our Adult Autism Center. Please visit our donation page for more information on how you can help.