Autism Community Center Announces Summer Programs

The Autism Community Center recently announced their schedule of summer activities for youth, teens and adults. People with autism can choose from a variety of groups, including fishing, bbq and music; the Center is also offering a free drop-in program once a week, where people can get together for games, art and socializing.

Since the Community Center opened several months ago, these groups have provided invaluable opportunities for people with autism to come together in a place where they’re accepted for who they are. Two of my children have participated in the center’s programs, and it’s been incredible to see them open up and explore the world with the other kids. The adults involved in the groups are warm and nurturing, and really enjoy what they’re doing. Unlike many activities for people with special needs, these groups don’t feel like work or therapy-they’re simply an opportunity for people to hang out and have a good time. Still, the therapeutic benefits are undeniable, as friendships grow and faces light up with the joy of sharing what they’ve learned.

For more information about the summer programs or to register, click here. Some need-based scholarships are available.

Zoe explores a local stream.

Jeremy hikes along the river at Warren Wilson College.

The hiking group hits the trail on a recent outing.

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