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Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

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What is the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center?

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center was created to help meet the important needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities as they age out of the education system. The Burnett Adult Life Center hosts year-round classes for adults age 18 or older. Our classes promote lifelong learning, enhance quality of life and provide meaningful ways to take part in the community.

In the near future, we will also offer workshops, social clubs, nighttime activities and support groups.

Seattle Children’s is already a national leader in caring for children and young adults with ASD. We are proud to offer this groundbreaking program to extend our expertise to adults of any age.

Learn about our classes, who should attend and how to enroll.

Who’s on the team?

Leadership from Seattle Children’s Autism Center and the University of Washington’s Adult Transition Clinic help choose instructors and classes and oversee efforts at the Burnett Adult Life Center. Dr. Gary A. StobbeDr. Bryan H. King; Therese Vafaeezadeh, ARNP; and Erin Easley all serve on this committee and support the vision and mission of the center.

Tammy Mitchel, program manager, oversees the Burnett Adult Life Center. Mitchel and her team support adults, their families and instructors at the center. Staff includes Manuel Arambul, behavior consultant; Mike Willen, program coordinator; and Laura Economides, administrative assistant. Instructors for classes vary depending on class topic.

To teach classes, we pair instructors who are experts in class topics with a variety of staff from the Burnett Adult Life Center. These specialists are trained to work with people who have developmental disabilities. The number of participants per instructor depends on the class topic. 

Seattle Children’s also works with other organizations to complement their services and offer a wide range of classes.

Interested in teaching or volunteering?

To learn more, call the center at 425-488-6173 or email.