Overview and Admission Criteria

The Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services offers adults with ASD a one-of-a-kind support program with an emphasis on nurturing opportunities for community-based employment, recreation, and individual choice. In addition to providing a comprehensive day program that is designed to support adults with ASD through a wide range of support services specifically tailored to meet their individual needs, the RCAAS has a core mission of advancing research initiatives in the field of adult autism services.

The Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services utilizes a model of service delivery that is directly informed by the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An ABA model of service delivery provides the framework that allows for the design of learning and work environments that recognize and support individual competencies, encourage skill development, minimize the need for problem behavior, and respect an individual’s right to make choices and have control over their life to the extent that this is possible.

RCAAS General Information

  1. The RCAAS headquarters building is located on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University at 102 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick.
  2. Operating hours of the RCAAS are 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Clinical staff are available 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  3. The RCAAS operates over 12 months a year. A minimum of 230 days a year.
  4. Support services are provided to individuals having a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder age 21 and beyond.
  5. The RCAAS is an approved service provider within the NJDDD Supports Program. Specific services provided by the RCAAS include: behavior supports, career planning, community-based supports, community inclusion services, day habilitation, natural supports training, prevocational training, supported employment, and transportation.
  6. The RCAAS will consider applications for admission from individuals requiring transportation services residing up to 25 miles from the physical location of the program. Individuals residing further than 25 miles from the program must be prepared to arrange for their own transportation to the program in order to be considered for admission.

RCAAS General Admission Criteria

  1. A primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. Approved to participate in the NJDDD Supports Program
  3. A desire and capacity for community-based employment

Open Admission Process

An open application process for admissions will commence once a year around March. Applications for admission will be accepted directly through this website during the application period. The number of applicants reviewed and/or accepted for admission each year will be based on a number of factors related to the strategic plan for the development of the program. Applications for admission to the program will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Following the initial application process, a limited number of applicants will be selected for further assessment related to the degree to which they are a good fit for the program.