Creating meaningful opportunities that enrich the lives of people with autism, their families and their communities.

Adult Day Habilitation


The Adult Day Habilitation Program is a 12-month program designed to provide habilitative skill-building for adults with autism spectrum disorders in a non-restrictive setting. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at our two Day Habilitation locations in Buffalo and Williamsville.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Engage adults with autism in services and activities intended to lead directly to achievement of their life goals, as outlined in Individualized Service Plans.
  • To promote independence, inclusion, individuality and productivity.
  • Offer community-based experiences that support attainment of goals and interests.
  • Support and improve functional social skills through guided experience in a variety of settings.

General skill areas promoted within the program are:

  • Self-Care
  • Adaptive Behavior
  • Daily Living (domestic)
  • Community Integration
  • Functional Education
  • Language Development
  • Leisure/Recreation Interests
  • Self-Awareness
  • Perceptual Training/Sensory Integration
  • Social Skills

Related services provided through the program are:

  • Nursing
  • Positive Behavior Supports though the Ziggurat Process

The program is designed to support the individual needs and interest of each person. This program will also utilize art, movement (Yoga, Dance, TiChi) and music exercises to address a habilitative need (i.e. communication, socialization, sensory) that is identified in the person’s ISP.

Those in our Day Program also have the opportunity to enjoy visits to “Sunshine Gardens” where they can take part in a horticultural experience. When at the gardens, they can enjoy the beautiful garden surroundings, hike on nature trails, plant and pick flowers and vegetables or even engage in a cooking or craft activity.

Our “COACH” Program is also offered for some as a Blended Service with Day Habilitation. People in this program are able to take part in all of the regular habilitative activities in addition to having a competitive job. These people spend part of their day at the work site supported by a Job Coach, and the other part doing Day Habilitation activities. At the work site, the Coach remains with the person and supports them with any performance or social challenges that they may have. We have found that this program is a great opportunity for people to gain employment experience while still having the supports that they may need.