Adults with Autism Social Group
The Spoken Wheel Society is a social group for adults with autism led by an adult with autism. 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 and group members must be able to navigate community environments safely and independently without support. Members of the group are welcome to share ideas for activities both on and off-campus.
(Live groups are on hold at this time. Weekly virtual social group running every Friday).
If you would like more information or to become a member of The Spoken Wheel Society:
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.
Daily Living Skills Group
Online group skills class to support and reinforce Independent Living Skills. Participants learn to cook an item and also learn a skill to support independent living (eg: How to do laundry).
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: Jennifer Smyth, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Contact: Kimberly Watterson-Rivieccio, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
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.
For more information on the Adult Services Programs
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.