Autism Communities (Deer Park, NY, www.autismcommunities.org), a private, 501(c) (3) organization, whose mission is to provide housing solutions for adults with autism in independent, safe, and inclusive living environment, has created a new resource for individuals with autism and their families. Club AC offers monthly social and educational events for adults with autism and their families. Among the educational topics which have been or will be covered are home technologies for individuals with autism, emergency preparedness, vocational skills and resources, guardianship, ABLE accounts, and person-centered housing plans. Recreational activities include bingo games, drive-in movies, painting and dance classes.
According to Autism Communities Chairman Paul Pedretti, a father of a daughter with autism, “The feedback we have been receiving for Club AC has been great for all participants. For individuals with autism, there are new friends to make and socializing opportunities. Their family members are also making new acquaintances of other parents and siblings who share similar experiences living with a family member on the spectrum. Additionally, we are getting an excellent response to our educational programs which are centered on real issues and concerns. For these programs, we are securing experienced professionals who can provide valuable information and ultimately, peace of mind.”
Club AC is a one of kind program on Long Island. Prior to the pandemic’s restrictions, its programs were live. Currently, virtual formats are being used, but still delivering tremendous value to Club AC members and guests.
Joining Club AC is very affordable. There is an annual fee of $100 which gives members full access to all of the club’s monthly social and educational events. For those who want to explore joining, participation in a single event is $10. To learn about Club AC and upcoming programs, visit: https://autismcommunities.org/club-ac/