Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center offers lifelong learning for people 18 and older with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. We help you build on your strengths, gain independence, connect with others and take part in the larger community in a meaningful way.
With virtual and in-person classes and outings, we have options for people of all abilities and interests. Whichever offerings you choose, you will have plenty of chances to make new friends. Our motto is RISE: Respect everyone, Include everyone, Support others, and Enjoy our time together.
We offer a wide range of classes all year long in art, music, recreation, health, fitness and life skills. Instructors who are experts in the class topics teach with guidance and support from on-site behavior specialists. If you want to socialize, have fun and grow with a supportive group of peers, we invite you to check out our catalog.
At the Alyssa Burnett Center, we accept and celebrate you for exactly who you are. During our intake process, we get to know you and your goals to decide which of our programs are a good fit. We also find out what supports you may need to have the best experience here. Please contact us if you would like any help getting started.
Costs depend on class topic, length and number of classes. We offer scholarships to families with financial need who could benefit from our programs. We also welcome families who want to pay with Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) respite hours.
After starting out as a student at the Alyssa Burnett Center, John Wennberg was hired to join the staff and assist with classes. He says the community here helped him in his journey to self-acceptance.
“We are always open to learning more about each other, and instead of focusing on each other’s weaknesses, we focus on each other’s gifts, talents and what each person has to offer.”
– John Wennberg, who wrote about the difference between surviving and thriving for The Autism Blog