Adult Resources

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

This is a nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. Their activities include public policy advocacy, the development of autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for autistic self-advocates. They provide information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.

 

They have a group for girls! You can contact them at claire@atl-spectrum.com or susan.n.brasher@emory.edu if you are interested in this group.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Website: http://autisticadvocacy.org/

Email: asan.atlanta@gmail.com

CARTA (Bus System)

Learn to use the CARTA public transportation system! Alana will meet adults at their residence, provide training about bus fares, bus routes, bus etiquette and safety, and will take rides with the participants as part of the training.

 

Phone: (423) 634-1576

Email: shores_alana@gocarta.org

Cross Plains Community Partner

Cross Plains Community Partner is a non-profit organization providing community-based day and employment services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Web address: https://crossplainscp.org
Location: 2738 Underwood Road, Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: 706-278-8143
Email: crossplains@crossplainscp.org

 

ECF Choices

The Employment and Community First CHOICES program is administered by TennCare through it’s contracted managed care organizations. They offer services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services in the program will help people become employed and live as independently as possible in the community. To apply go to the web address below and fill out the Self-Referral form, by clicking on “Self-referral form” on the left-side of the webpage. The website will guide you to find further information on the application process.

 

Ages served: all ages

Web address: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/tenncare/long-term-services-supports/employment-and-community-first-choices.html

Phone: 1 (800) 342-3145

Email: Tenn.Care@tn.gov

Emory Autism Center myLIFE Program

The Emory Autism Center (EAC) offers individual support services for adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The EAC myLIFE program provides opportunities where adults on the spectrum can practice/build skills related to having successful relationships, learn how the characteristics of having an ASD influences thinking and share personal insights with other individuals with and without ASD in a supportive environment on the Emory University campus.
 

Ages served: adults

Web address: 

http://psychiatry.emory.edu/programs/autism/adult.services/mylife/index.html

Phone: 404.727.8350

Email: myLIFE.admissions@emory.edu

GCA is a support and social program for adults with Aspergers. They provide the following services:

 

Ages served: 18 years old and up

Web address: http://www.gcaspies.org/

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GCACentreAdultAutism/

Location: 1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100 Chattanooga, TN  37404

Phone: (423) 531-6961 x7  

Email: scott.kramer@chattanoogaautismcenter.org

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation (Dalton but accepts TN)

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. There is currently no waitlist for services. They accept SSI, but it isn’t necessary to have SSI to qualify. ​Ages served: 14 years old and up

Web address: https://gvs.georgia.gov/

North GA offices serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade , Walker

Phone: (706) 638-5536

Elijay office services Murray and  Whitfield counties.

(706) 272-2303   - Contact is Matthew Salmon

 

Rome office that serves Gordon, Floyd, and Barto Counties

450 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 200, 30161 GA

Phone: 706-295-6400  

Contact: Nicole Wells 

Email: nicole.wells@gvs.georgia.gov

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a program designed for independent advancement for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In keeping with their mission to serve and enhance the lives of every member of our community, Kaleidoscope is a very special place for your family member. Services they provide include: day programs, supported employment, family support, community living support, and residential services.

 

Ages served: 18 years old and up

Web address: http://www.lmcs.org/kaleidoscope.cms

Location: 1427 Lee Clarkson Road, Chickamauga, GA 30707

Phone: (706) 375-2142

Email: dawn.sitton@lmcs.org

Omni Community Health - Healthlink Program

Omni Community Health is a full-service, statewide behavioral health organization helping to heal children and adults. Care Coordinators ensure clients have increased access to all health services, including mental and physical health, as well as a primary point of contact for emergencies, in-home care, and community based services.

 

Ages served: all ages

Website: http://omnicommunityhealth.theomnifamily.com/

Location: 1635 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN, 37408

Chattanooga Office Contact: Amy Irvin
Email: amyirvin@omnicommunityhealth.com
Phone: 423-207-4712 

Seniors Helping Seniors

This organization has specialized in senior care but is now hiring staff with experience autism and are serving adults on the spectrum.

Services include:

  • Cooking

  • Light housekeeping

  • Companionship

  • Personal grooming and dressing*

  • Shopping

  • Doctor visits

  • Transportation

  • Mobility assistance

  • Overnight stays (24-hour care)

  • Long-distance check-ins

  • Respite care​

 

Ages served: all ages

Web address: http://seniorcarechattanooga.com/

Location: 5901 Shallowford Road #200, Chattanooga TN 37421

Phone: (423) 883-6469

Email: brian@seniorcarechattanooga.com

Signal Centers Adult Day Program

Expertly-trained professionals, support staff and volunteers provide adaptive recreation, life skills development, as well as job placements and training for adults with special needs. The program’s social and multi-generational focus brings children from the Signal Centers’ school, family members, visiting youth groups and guest presenters to share activities with attendees. Additionally, Signal Centers’ has an Employment Services Program designed to assist individuals in obtaining and retaining meaningful employment in a variety of settings based on the individual’s personal interests and strengths.

 

Ages served: 18 years old and up

Web address: http://www.signalcenters.org/adult-services

Location: 109 N. Germantown Ave  Chattanooga,TN 37411

Phone: Courtney Chandler, Director of Adult Services, (423) 698-8528, Ext. 800

Email: courtney_chandler@signalcenters.org

Siskin Vocational Rehabilitation

Siskin Vocational Rehabilitation services provide a crucial link in the continuum of physical rehabilitation to the return to a productive, meaningful life in the community and workforce. Services provided are: Vocational Evaluation, Community Re-entry Services Program, Pre-vocational Skills Training Program, Supported Employment Program, and Travel Training Program.

 

Important details:

-Need to be able to prove that the diagnosis causes them to have an impairment at work

that keeps them from working full time currently.

-The program’s goal is to help  get a job.

-There is a waiting list currently.

 

Ages served: 18 years old and up

Web address: https://www.siskinrehab.org/patient-care/specialty-programs/vocational-services/  

Location: One Siskin Plaza Chattanooga, TN 37403

Phone: Darlene Jenkins at 423-634-1635 or 423-634-1537

Email: info@siskinrehab.org

STAGES- Transitional Program for Adults

STAGES is a program run by the Chattanooga Autism Center for adults looking to develop and improve independent living skills. STAGES currently serves people 18 to 35 years old with high functioning autism and related disorders, who have finished high school or are finishing in the current school year. Applicants must be able to participate in personal goal setting and data collection. Click on the web address below to apply for an appointment and further information.

 

Ages served: 18-35

Web address: http://www.chattanoogaautismcenter.org/stages

Location: 1400 McCallie Ave., Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN 37404

Phone: (423) 531-6961

Email: stages@chattanoogaautismcenter.org

STAR Center

The STAR Center provides services for education, employment, and quality of life for all ages and needs. They will help a child learn to read, help a person get their first job, and help the elderly stay in their homes. They are dedicated to making West Tennessee a place where people with disabilities can make their dreams a reality.  

Ages served: All Ages

Referral: Yes 

Web address: http://www.star-center.org/

Location: 1119 Old Humboldt Road, Jackson, TN 38305

Phone: (731) 554-5123

Contact Person:  Judy Duke

Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VR) provides a variety of individualized services to persons with disabilities in preparation for their employment in the competitive labor market. VR advocates employment outcomes for clients that are consistent with their individual strengths, resources, abilities, capabilities and informed choice.

Services include:
 

  • Tennessee Rehabilitation Center – Smyrna

The Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna is a residential training center that provides VR services. TRC Smyrna provides comprehensive vocational evaluation, pre-vocational and vocational training, training for vision impairment and traumatic brain injury, physical rehabilitation and transitional life skills training services. Support services are also offered to include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind Services, speech services and psychological services.

 

  •  Community Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers

There are seventeen Community Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers that provide employment related services to applicants and eligible customers of the Vocational Rehabilitation program. Vocational evaluation, employee development and employment services are designed to assist individuals with disabilities to reach gainful employment. The process involves identifying an appropriate vocational goal and assisting customers with attaining essential work behaviors to achieve and maintain employment.

Web address: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/ds/office-locator-trc-ttap.html

Location: Eastgate Center, Suite 602-B
5600 Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411

Phone: (423) 634-6700

Trousdale School

Trousdale School is a post-secondary, not for profit, school providing programming for adults with developmental disabilities. "Learning for Life" is our school's vision, and they strive to provide "life-wide" learning opportunities which will equip their students to be the individual’s most independent and autonomous self. Trousdale School provides programming in the areas of functional academics, life skills, vocational training & placement. Additionally, they provide opportunity for social opportunities, health and fitness, the arts (drama, graphic art, music), and a variety of special interests clubs and classes.  

 

Ages served: 22 years old and up

Web address: TrousdaleSchool.org     

Location: 3171 Hewitt St. SE

Phone: (423) 479-7130

Email: info@TrousdaleSchool.org

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