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Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

About Our Classes

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The Burnett Adult Life Center follows a recreational approach. Classes provide options for learning and growth. They are not meant to replace current therapies or treatments.

Learn about our summer classes.

Class topics vary by quarter and may include:

  • Social and recreational topics like music, art, gardening, games, drama and nighttime social events
  • Health and wellness topics like yoga, karate, Zumba, dance, movement play and fun fitness
  • Independent living and vocational topics like cooking, community outings, shopping, home living skills, volunteering, job training and social skills

With guidance from program staff, participants may enroll in one or more classes based on their needs and interests. Classes are held during the day and in the evening, one or more times per week, for 12 weeks. Some classes may be available as drop-ins or one-time workshops.

Who Should Attend

Learners of all abilities may enroll – from those heading to college or work to those who will need ongoing support throughout life. Our classes take into account diverse strengths and needs.

Classes are suited for people who:

  • Have ASD, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities
  • Are age 18 or older (students in a high school transition program are welcome)
  • Live in the region
  • Want to take part in a supportive community of peers
  • Want to build skills that promote independence

We welcome people who need high levels of support or supervision for everyday activities. If a participant needs help from a caregiver, their caregiver must attend class to assist them.

To best serve the diverse needs of each participant, classes are divided into basic, moderate, advanced and all. Learn more.

Where Classes Meet

Classes are held at the Burnett Adult Life Center at 19213 Bothell Way NE in Bothell (see a map and directions).

The 12,000-square-foot center was designed for people with developmental disabilities. It features a large community room with hardwood floors, natural light and ceilings that absorb sound. There are three break-off classrooms. The building also has a commercial-grade kitchen; a sensory room with swings, beanbag chairs, hideouts and more; a media and club room with a 70-inch TV and games; and a board room with a large conference table.

Participants provide or arrange their own transportation to and from the center.

How to Enroll

Summer quarter classes begin in July. To enroll as a new participant:

  • Learn more about our classes.
  • Fill out the electronic intake questionnaire (PDF). The form only needs to be completed the first time you enroll.
  • Click the Submit button at the end of the form to send it to our program staff.
  • Program staff will schedule a meeting with the participant (and guardian, caregiver or others, as needed) to talk in depth, suggest classes and complete the sign-up process.

Once enrolled, participants can register for classes based on guidance from program staff. (You do not need to complete the intake questionnaire each quarter – only when you first enroll.)

Participants pay when they register. The cost per class depends on how long the class is and how often it meets.

Questions about enrolling? Read our FAQ, call 425-488-6173 or email us.