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DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt. 0 or email

The Breakthrough neighborhood and community living service includes seven houses, efficiency apartments, and a larger duplex housing. Recreation is available for individuals to relax, exercise, develop new skills, and build friendships. The support and management staff have been specially trained to understand the unique needs of adults with autism.

Ages: 18 years old and older

Referral Needed: Needed

Phone: (865) 247-0065

Location: 900 E Hill Ave. Ste. 145, Knoxville, TN 37915


The Life Skills Program at CIP helps students on the autism spectrum gain executive functioning and life skills. Students will learn how to cook, organize, clean, and live independently. Students live in a fully furnished apartment with their own bedroom, but they share a common room with at least one roommate to improve socialization and the ability to compromise. 

Ages: 18 - 26 years old

Toll-free Phone: (877) 566-9247



Locations: Lee, MA; Melbourne, FL; Bloomington, IN; Berkeley, CA; Long Beach, CA


Individuals in the region who have disabilities can apply to participate in the Life Bridges Day Program. Life Bridges staff get to know the individuals they support; learning their interests and goals, and helping them find activities. Outings and activities focus on a variety of skill building and exploration activities; including volunteering, learning about jobs and focusing on pursuing interests and building independence. Life Bridges also works with ECF Choices to help adults who are interested in pursuing a job in the community. Their employment support staff focus on identifying interests and skills and using them to discover a meaningful workplace. The person is supported in learning the skills necessary to interview for a job, learn on the job skills, and how to approach any workplace problems as they arise.


Life Bridges has four ICF/IID homes that serve individuals with Intellectual disabilities and other disabilities who may be medically fragile and/or behaviorally challenged. Programming is tailored to the needs of the individual and is provided on a 24/7 basis. Supports include nursing, therapies and active treatment.


Therapies include occupational therapy, physical therapy and ABA therapy. Their clinic also has a nutritionist and 2 medical practitioners.


Ages served: 18 years and older

Web address:

Location: 764 Old Chattanooga Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311

Phone: 423 472-5268


Open Arms Care is an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) providing services for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The program consist of ten homes located throughout the Chattanooga/Hamilton County area. Each home supports four to eight individuals ranging in age from seven to eighty, with twenty four hour, awake staff available at all times. Services are provided in a family atmosphere offering a relaxed environment while promoting a greater degree of personal responsibility and independence.


Personalized, enabling and coordinated day services are offered actively supporting individuals with their prevocational, vocational and job coaching needs; emphasizing personal growth, relationship building and an enhanced life in the local and surrounding communities.


Medical services include twenty four hour nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medication management, mental health care and dietary training.


Open Arms Care is committed to the health and safety of persons supported acknowledging the preferences, needs and values of each individual.

Phone: (423) 238-9636


Location: 6711 Mountain View Road, Suite 111, Ooltewah, TN 37363


Orange Grove provides three types of residential services: Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF), Residential Habilitation, and Supported Living.


The ICF program includes 18 homes throughout the Chattanooga/Hamilton County area. Each home supports four or eight people with ages ranging from 13 to 80 years old. Support services include  24-hour awake staff, 24-hour LPN nursing coverage, and Physical and Nutritional Management consultation.

Residential Habilitation supports 2 to 8 individuals in Orange Grove homes with a house manager and support staff as needed. Staff promotes opportunities for individuals to make choices in life skill development while participating in community-based activities. 

Supported Living is for individuals leasing their own homes in the community. Orange Grove provides staffing and oversight for the homes, and the services are very individualized. Independence is promoted. 

Phone: (423) 629-1451

Location: 615 Derby Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404


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