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Independent Living Programs

Adult Day Program

Els for Autism Adult Day Program provides evidence-based, learning experiences on The Els Center of Excellence campus and in the community for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, ages 21 and older, who have completed K-12 school services.  This program will build on each participant’s individualized strengths supporting the development and practice of social skills, independent living skills, safety skills and engagement within integrated activities in the community so that they can achieve greater independence and live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), Els for Autism is dedicated to providing adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities an environment that supports learning, self-determination, and personal growth.

The Adult Day Program is designed for individuals whose primary needs are for socialization, recreation, pre-vocational skills, and community involvement.  Because the off-campus training program is conducted in the community, participants should be able to follow simple one-step directions (verbal or visual), use conventional coping strategies to communicate frustration/anger, and have no recent history or incidences of elopement, aggression, or property destruction.  Participants must be able to use a public restroom and feed independently or must bring a 1:1 same-sex companion for assistance.  In addition, participants must be able to endure warm weather when commuting to and from the van during hot weather months and participate in group activities outdoors.

Next Session
July 13 – October 23, 2020

To learn more, download the flyer.

For more information on the Adult Day Program, contact:

Julie Lobdell
Day Program Coordinator
Email: julie.lobdell@elsforautism.org
Phone: (561) 252-8891

Trudi Zayac, MSW/MA
Director of Adult Services
Phone: 561-320-9521
Email: trudi.zayac@elsforautism.org


SALSA (Special Adults Life Skills Academy) Program

The SALSA Program provides evidence-based, independent living skills training for adults with developmental disabilities ages 18+ who have completed high school. This program will build on each participant’s individualized strengths to develop communication, social, culinary & fitness skills while working towards independent skill performance.

Participants will:

  • Increase knowledge and skills related to nutrition and cooking
  • Increase independence in meal preparation
  • Increase willingness to try new foods
  • Participate in physical activities with a goal of increasing fitness, balance, and agility

The SALSA program is an 8-week session, with classes held twice a week for two hours.  Participants in the program will be divided into two groups, to suit their individualized support needs.  Each group participates in a 45-minute cooking activity, 45-minute fitness lesson, with 30 minutes left to enjoy a meal together as a whole group and complete a reflection activity related to each lesson’s learning objectives.

Next Session
2020 dates to be announced

For more information on the SALSA Cooking and Fitness Classes:
Contact: Trudi Zayac, MSW/MA
Director of Adult Services
Phone: 561-320-9521
Email: trudi.zayac@elsforautism.org