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Douglass Adult Program
Established in 1997 the Douglass Adult Program (DAP) provides comprehensive services to adults, age 21 and beyond having a diagnosis of Autistic Disorder. DAP provides employment and related day services to adults with autism. A major focus of the Douglass Adult Program is on teaching the skills necessary for life in the community. Utilizing an ABA model of skill development, DAP staff members promote learning and work environments that recognize and support individual competencies, encourage skill development, minimize the need for display of problematic behavior, and respect, to the extent possible, appropriate consumer choice and control.
- Location: 151 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ Phone: 848-932-4500 Fax: 732-932-0077
- Operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Professional staff members are available 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Clients attend the program from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
- Assistant Director: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who oversees the program and supervises Coordinators and Team Leaders
- Senior Program Coordinator: BCBA who provides training and support to leaders and job coaches for skill acquisition and behavior intervention
- Program Coordinator 1
- Team Leaders: assess, develop, implement and evaluate individualized program; and supervise job coaches
- Job Coaches: support staff who provide direct services to adult clients
- Behavior Support Specialists: BCBA-D Clinical Psychologists and behavioral consultants
There are 3 workrooms within the Adult program, each overseen by a team leader. The senior program coordinator and program coordinator I oversee the team leaders and all workrooms.
The Adult Program
The DAP provides services in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities for Adult Day Programs within the state in that:
- the program operates year round (at least 230 days/year)
- the program provides a structured day, five hours a day, five days a week
- the program provides transportation within a defined geographic area
- the program has a minimum of a 1:3 staff to consumer ratio
Adult Program Curriculum
The Douglass Adult Day Program's curriculum is individually planned to provide effective education to adults with autism in the least restrictive setting in a manner that is appropriate for each individual. The program's primary goal is to encourage community integration via gainful employment, volunteering, and a wide variety of recreational outings.
General goals of the DAP are:
- To educate adults with autism using the most current, appropriate, and least intrusive methods available.
- To teach university graduate and undergraduate students who work at the Center the latest techniques in the education and treatment of adults with autism.
- To advance knowledge about the treatment of the disorder as it manifests in adulthood.
- To inform members of the professional and lay communities about autism and be a model for other adult programs.
Clients engage in vocational training and supported employment activities in tasks ranging from basic clerical work and sorting clothing to mowing lawns and painting fences. Although the goal is to move all of our adults into the community we do limited Center-Based employment including piecework mailings and clerical jobs.
Supported employment in the community supported by a full-time job coach offers work such as cleaning local restaurants & businesses and maintenance at the university.
Competitive employment in the community involves minimal supports for work in local restaurants, retail stores, and includes a parent supported business, Men with Mops.
Critical life skills instruction leads to increase independence. Training includes personal & social awareness, activities of daily living and communication. Skills that facilitate community integration such as shopping, recreation and leisure skills, travel and dining out are also addressed.
Parents Information:DDDC Adult Services Parent Handbook (PDF)