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Douglass Adult Program

Note: The Douglass Adult Program currently has no openings for new clients.

The Douglass Adult Program(DAP), a full-day, year-round special needs day program for adults with autism, operates under the auspices of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and is a department of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. The Douglass Adult Program provides comprehensive services to adults age 21 and beyond having a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The program is located at 151 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.

Established in 1997 as a separate unit of the DDDC, the Douglass Adult Program provides employment and related day services to adults with autism. A major programmatic focus of the Douglass Adult Program is on traiing the skills necessary for life in the community. Utilizing an ABA model of skill development, the DAP endeavors to promote learning and work environments that recognize and support individual competencies, encourages skill development, minimize the need for display of problematic behavior, and respect, to whatever extent possible, appropriate consumer choice and control.

Members of the Douglass Adult Program staff include administrators, behavior analysts, coordinators, team leaders, a school nurse, teaching assistants/job coaches, clinical psychologists, and office personnel. Most of the administrators and supervisors are Board Certified Behavior Analysts(BCBAs) and several members of the instructional staff are taking certification classes.

dddc adult program participant in cafe

General Information

  • 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
  • Behavior Analyst: BCBA who provides training and support to leaders and job coaches for skill acquisition and behavior intervention
  • Program Coordinator I: Assess & develop individualized programs
  • Team Leaders: implement and evaluate individualized program
  • 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 Behavior Analyst and Program Coordinator I oversee the team leaders and all workrooms.

dddc adult program participant painting outdoors

The Adult Program

As an approved Medicaid provider for the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (NJ DDD) for the supports program (SP) & the Community Care Waiver (CCW), the DAP:

  • Operates year round (230 days per year)
  • provides a structured day, five hours a day, five days a week
  • provides transportation within a defined geographic area

The DAP is approved to provide and bill Medicaid for the following Services**:

  • Behavioral supports
  • Community based supports
  • Community inclusion services
  • Day Habilitation
  • Individual Supports
  • Pre-Vocational training
  • Supported Employment
  • Transportation (billable only for transportation outside for the catchment area, to & from job sites & community trips). Daily transportation to & from the DDDC is included in the Day Habilitation rate and cannot be billed separately.
  • **All services require Preauthorization. Pre authorization must be obtained prior to the DAP providing any of the above services.

Adult Program Curriculum

The Douglass Adult Day Program's curriculum is individually planned and committed to provide effective education to adults with autism in the least restrictive setting and 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 Douglass Adult Program 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.
dddc students involved in vocational training


Clients engage in pre-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 have all of our adults working or volunteering in 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 and businesses and university based employment such as custodial and dining services.

Competitive employment in the community involves minimal supports for work in local restaurants, retail stores, and includes a parent supported business, Men with Mops.

Life Skills

Critical life skills instruction leads to increased independence. Training includes personal & social awareness, activities of daily living and communication. Skills that facilitate community inclusion such as shopping, recreation and leisure skills, travel and dining out are also addressed.

Parent Information:

Adult Calendar 2018-2019 - (PDF)
Adult Calendar 2019-2020 - (PDF)

DDDC Adult Services Parent Handbook - (PDF)




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