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 Fall 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

Our program takes into account diverse strengths, interests and needs of adults and is organized into different levels (Level I, Level II, Level III) to best place adults among peers with similar interests and skills.

Burnett Center staff will make suggestions for which classes are best suited for each individual during the intake process. Some adults may be a good fit in varying levels depending on class topic.

  • Level I: Activities are intended for individuals who need a high level of support, which may include a 1:1 caregiver (who must come to classes), hand-over-hand assistance, visual schedules and behavioral support for challenging behaviors such as tantrums, self-injury or yelling.
  • Level II: Activities are intended for individuals who can follow verbal directions, express needs and wants and function mostly independently. These adults may engage in some challenging behaviors, and may require a 1:1 caregiver at the discretion of staff.
  • Level III: Activities are intended for individuals who are highly independent and may have high-functioning autism (formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome). Participants are able to communicate verbally, and challenging behaviors are minimal to none.
  • All: Activities are designed for individuals of all abilities to participate in together.

Some classes may incorporate more than one level, such as Level I/Level II or Level II/Level III.

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. To best serve the diverse needs of each participant, classes are divided into levels. Learn more.

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.

About Our Facility

Located in the heart of Bothell, the Alyssa Burnett Center is beautifully renovated and thoughtfully designed for the adult population. Hosting 12,000 square feet of space, including a commercial-grade kitchen, expansive great room used for fitness and recreation activities, two classrooms, a media room and a computer/gaming lounge.

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

Fall quarter classes begin in October. 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.
  • Submit the form to to our program staff via email, fax or email.
  • 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.