Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in America, with an estimated one in 68 children nationally and one in 45 in New Jersey carrying a diagnosis.
For most adults with ASD, gaining greater independence is a palpable and distinct goal. It is achievable when these adults are given the tools they need to earn a living and participate in the social aspects of community life, from navigating everyday interactions to building meaningful relationships.
Unfortunately for most, services diminish greatly after high school, leaving adults with little support outside of their own families, and making it exceedingly difficult for them to achieve their potential.
Rutgers is committed to becoming a national leader in the areas of research, professional training, and practical service in support of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As part of this commitment, the University is creating the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS).
RCAAS will offer adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a one-of-a-kind support program that will make an independent and fulfilling life possible. Simultaneously, it will advance research and ensure that each year, a cadre of graduates leaves Rutgers prepared to enter careers in support of this underserved population.
Located on Rutgersâ Douglass Campus and led by the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the center will feature a comprehensive program that is designed to support adults ages 21 to 60 with mild to moderate ASD through a wide range of services specifically tailored to meet their individual needs.
The center will be staffed by a highly experienced senior team and trained graduate students with programs that will provide the support needed for all participants to fully integrate into Rutgers and the surrounding community. From vocational training to social support and clinical services, the center will equip program participants with the tools they need to enhance and maintain autonomyâall while engaging students in innovative training and facilitating translational research to inform best practices going forward.