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Social and Recreation Programs

Adults with Autism Social Group

The Spoken Wheel Society is a social group for adults with autism led by an adult with autism, Merrick Egber. Each month the group meets for two hours at The Els Center of Excellence® campus to participate in interactive games and a potluck meal. The group also makes plans for a monthly Saturday off-campus event for activities like bowling, mini-golf, movies, restaurants, or an arcade. The off-campus events are not supported by Els for Autism® staff, outside of Merrick Egber, and group members must be able to navigate community environments safely and independently without support. We also have a virtual social group running every Friday that meets on Zoom where we talk a little and play a game voted on by popular choice. Members of the group are welcome to share ideas for activities both on and off-campus.

If you would like more information or to become a member of The Spoken Wheel Society:

Contact: Merrick Egber
Phone: 561-254-9735
Contact: Loden Coleman
Phone: 561-598-6200 x4041

Download the Spoken Wheel Society Flyer

Adult Connections Club

This Online Club is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to interact with peers in a safe and supportive environment using video conferencing technology while practicing communication and social skills. Els for Autism staff members will facilitate meetings, providing support and guidance so individuals of all abilities can participate.

Contact: Dr. Erin Brooker Lozott, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, Program Director
Phone: 561-598-6200


Mental Health Support Group

Els for Autism Foundation® is offering a Mental Health Support Group, a place where individuals can come together to share stories and experiences about their lives and to discuss common issues such as depressed mood, anxiety, and compulsive thoughts.  The focus of the support group will be to improve one’s overall quality of life and increase community participation.

Contact: Dr. Kimberly Watterson-Rivieccio, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Phone: 561-320-9491

Download the flyer for more information

Recreation Programs

With the goal to promote social interaction and a healthy lifestyle, adult Recreation Programs are offered in golf, tennis, yoga, theater, music, chorus, and art. Recreation programs are for adults with autism or other developmental disabilities who are either still enrolled in high school or those who have completed high school. Some live classes are on hold at this time. Virtual classes are available.

Contact: Greg Connors, Recreation Services Coordinator
Phone: 561-320-9512

For more information on the Adult Services Programs

Contact: Dr. Erin Brooker Lozott, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, Program Director
Phone: 561-598-6200

Financial Need Assistance 

The Foundation offers programs and services to the entire community, and services are NOT limited to individuals enrolled at The Learning Academy or The Learning Center. Additionally, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance. Complete the Financial Need Assistance Application here.