Overview and Admission Criteria

About RCAAS

The Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) offers adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) a one-of-a-kind support program with an emphasis on nurturing opportunities for community-based employment, recreation, and individual choice. To nurture employment opportunities, the RCAAS offers the Supporting Community Access through Leisure and Employment (SCALE) program. SCALE is a unit within the RCAAS that provides adults with ASD community-based supports including, but not limited to vocational training, supported employment, behavioral supports, and employment opportunities on campus. 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 RCAAS 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 for designing individualized learning and work environments for ensuring successful outcomes of adults with ASD. We 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.

2020 Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to the SCALE Program at RCAAS! For the past three years that the RCAAS has existed, we have initiated our admissions application process in March. For the current year (2020), we will be delaying the launch of our admissions process while the details/timeline of the construction of our new community center are being finalized. Click here to see pictures from the groundbreaking ceremony of the community center!

There are several factors related to the construction of this new building that will influence the number of new participants we are able to accept. For this reason, we have determined that it is best to delay the availability of the admissions application until plans for the construction of our new building are further along. While we have not yet determined a revised date for the launch of our admissions process, we are hopeful this will be underway within the next few months.  Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to respond to the enormous volume of calls/emails that we continue to receive on a daily basis requesting information about the work that we are doing.

Important Information

  • The RCAAS headquarters building is located on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University at 102 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick.

  • Operating hours of the RCAAS are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Clinical staff are available 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • The RCAAS operates over 12 months a year; minimum of 225 days a year.

  • Support services are provided to individuals having a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) age 21 and older.

  • The RCAAS is an approved service provider within the NJDDD Supports Program. Specific services provided by the RCAAS include: behavioral supports, career planning, community-based supports, community inclusion services, day habilitation, individual supports, natural supports training, prevocational training, supported employment, and transportation.

  • 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.

SCALE 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