Patient and Family Education
Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center hopes the resources and information below will be helpful for young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Inclusion on this list does not imply Seattle Children’s endorsement of any business.
Adult day programs
Community residential services
Community residential services are typically provided in homes or apartments. They include adult family home services, residential care services, alternative living services, assisted living facilities, companion home services and group homes.
- Community Homes
- Community Residential Services for Adults – Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
- Housing (multiple languages) – Informing Families
- Housing (multiple languages) – The Arc of King County
- Housing and Community Living – Autism Speaks
- For adults enrolled in services with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), ask your case manager for more information about finding a contracted residential service.
Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
The DDA is where people with a qualifying disability can get help for in-home, out-of-home and community-based services. To apply, you must:
- Be a resident of Washington state.
- Have a qualifying condition (multiple languages).
- Complete an application packet, including the required forms and documents that show the disability.
- After the individual has been determined eligible, call DDA to request services. Once you have been enrolled in services, you will be assigned a case manager and service planning will begin.
DDA services are based on a care assessment. Support varies based on the determined level of need. This process can take several months and requires ongoing advocacy and effort.
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) – University of Washington
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
- Transition Into Adulthood – The Arc of King County
Finding a caregiver
A caregiver can help with companionship, activities or daily living. For adults enrolled in services with the DDA, ask your case manager for caregiver resources. Some families have success finding a caregiver by posting an ad at their local college or on their local community Facebook group.
Funding and scholarships
- Michael Slater Scholarship Fund
- Ben’s Fund
- Offers grants for people in Washington state age 25 and younger with a diagnosis of autism to help cover costs of medical bills, therapies and other types of support or care. Grants are up to $1,000 per qualifying person, per award year. Email Ben’s Fund to learn more.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- A federal income supplement program to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.
- SSI Eligibility Requirements (Spanish)
- Apply online (Spanish) or call 800-772-1213 to request an appointment for yourself or someone you are helping. An SSI representative can answer your questions, explain documents you need and guide you through the application process.
Seattle Children’s provides interpreters for free so all families can communicate with the Alyssa Burnett Center and other Seattle Children’s clinics and programs.
Legal Transition to Adulthood: Your Child With Disabilities Is Turning 18 (video class)
Lawyers from the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership offer a free, on-demand class on the legal transition to adulthood for parents and caregivers of youth in their late teens who will need ongoing support as adults or help with decision making, disability-related benefits and other services. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Parent and caregiver connection and support
Many parents and caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) find value in connecting with others who have similar experiences. You can sometimes find the best advice, support, resources and comfort from other parents or caregivers.
- Families of Color Seattle
- Washington State Fathers Network
- Open Doors for Multicultural Families (multiple languages)
- Parent to Parent Program and details by county – The Arc of Washington State
- Sibling Support Project
- Somali Health Board
- Vietnamese Family Autism Advisory Board (Vietnamese)
- Washington Autism Alliance
- Washington Multicultural Services Link
These Facebook groups may be helpful (you will need a Facebook account):
Summer camps and recreation
- ADA Accessible Recreation – Washington State Parks
- Best Buddies in Washington
- Camp Resources – The Arc Washington State
- Community Calendar – The Arc King County
- Events Calendar – The Arc Snohomish County
- Outdoors for All
- Year-Round and Summer Recreation Opportunities for Individuals With Autism (PDF)
Access Transportation and Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) are for people whose disability or health condition keeps them from using regular fixed-route bus service. Trips can be made for any reason, such as healthcare, employment, shopping, school, recreation, social activities and more.
The Alyssa Burnett Center is an approved DART and Access drop-off and pick-up site. Please note the entrance is in the back of our building, in the upper parking lot.
If you believe you qualify for DART or Access service, visit their website or call to request an application packet.
- Access, if you live in King County: 206-553-2000
- DART Paratransit, if you live in Snohomish County: 425-347-5912 or 800-562-1381
For fixed-route bus service:
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