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Independent Living Programs

The 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 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
8-week session: September 9 – October 30
Mondays and Wednesdays
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Registration is closed
Program fee: $400 ($25/session)

For more information on the SALSA Cooking and Fitness Classes:
Contact: Dr. Kerri Morse, Ed.D., Adult Services Manager
Phone: 561-320-9523

Community Access Training Program

The Community Access Training Program provides evidence-based, learning experiences in the community for adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities ages 18+ who have completed high school.

The program builds on each participant’s individualized strengths to help them engage in new community experiences, practice social skills, practice independent living skills, and obtain valuable safety skills required to access their community. Throughout the program, Els For Autism will maintain a ratio of one staff for every three participants.

Els for Autism Community Access Training Program is designed to meet the needs of individuals ready to:
• access the community to practice independent living skills
• engage in group recreational activities within the community
• demonstrate procedures for transportation and pedestrian safety
• demonstrate the ability to make purchases across community locations
• demonstrate safe and socially accepted behaviors in public places
• practice social skills across a variety of community locations

Because the off-campus training program is conducted in the community (i.e. recreation centers, outdoor parks, restaurants, swimming pools, grocery stores), 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 independently. In addition, participants must be able to endure warm weather when commuting to and from the van during hot weather months (this program is not a good fit for individuals that have medical issues related to heat) and participate in group activities outdoors.

Next Session
12-week session: September 13 – December 6 (no class November 29)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration is closed
Program fee: $50 (Grant funding has reduced fee from total cost of $660 per session)

For more information on Community Access Training:
Contact: Michelle Nelson, Job Coach
Phone (office): 561-598-6200