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 will host 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.
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.
About Our Classes
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.
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.
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
Spring quarter classes begin in April. To enroll as a new participant:
- Learn more about our classes.
- Fill out the electronic intake questionnaire (PDF).
- 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. The center offers scholarships based on need.
Questions about enrolling? Read our FAQ, call 425-488-6173 or email us.
Who’s on the team?
Tammy Mitchel, program manager, oversees the Burnett Adult Life Center. She supports participants and instructors with help from other staff, including a behavior consultant and program coordinator. Providers from Seattle Children’s Autism Center and the University of Washington Adult Autism Clinic help choose instructors and classes.
To teach classes, we pair community members who are experts in class topics with behavior specialists. These specialists are trained to work with people who have developmental disabilities. The number of participants per instructor depends on the class topic.
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.