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Autism for Lifelong Learning

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Autism for Lifelong Learning (ALL) is designed to provide supported employment, competitive employment, and community participation support services to adults with autism. As a part of Misericordia University’s Autism Center, ALL’s primary goal is to enable the adults involved in the program to ultimately obtain employment to the fullest extent of their respective abilities. In addition to being prepared to secure employment, the adults will also be exposed to various non-profit groups and interact with the broader Wyoming Valley community."

The ALL Program exists because of significant gaps in the continuum of care and interventions for individuals on the Autism Spectrum of Disorders across the life span. The ALL Program also offers services to adults on the ASD with an accompanying diagnosis of Intellectual Disabilities. Adults diagnosed with autism in Northeastern Pennsylvania do not have opportunities to participate in a program that is specialized to meet their unique needs in a program designed to lead to supported or competitive employment. The ALL Program with the resources of Misericordia University, will meet this need, which will assist program participants to live and function to their highest potential.

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The ALL Program Transition Services

Providing transition services to students aged 14-21 through instructional group and individual services in the public schools. 

Transition services and activities are an essential element in young people making the transition to adulthood and for workplace readiness.

The ALL Program has been approved by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide transition services to students and young adults from ages 14 thru 21 with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or have eligibility for Section 504.

The ALL Program is currently providing services in the schools using curricula developed by the ALL Program to provide instructional groups focused on Self-Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Workplace Readiness Training and Job Exploration. Primary transition activities take place in the school setting under the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), which include instruction, related services, the development of employment and other post high school adult living objectives, and a functional vocational evaluation. The ALL Program is also approved by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide individual transition services of Job Shadowing and Paid Work Experiences. The ALL Program will provide individual services to students who are identified by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation as needing one or more of these services.

It should be noted that while these services are valuable to all young people with special needs, the ALL Program offers services that are designed to supplement the Transition Program that exists in the student's IEP.

OVR - How it works and how to get connected to the ALL Program

ALL Program - Demonstration of a typical work shift

ALL Program Participants

%22I like talking with the customers and stocking the shelves.%22 - Bryce
%22My job is awesome! I like meeting new people and trying the samples I am selling!%22 - Aylora
%22I like working induction 1 and 2.%22 - Joey

ALL Program Participant Slideshow

Juan as Grounds Keeper at Wilkes University

Juan - Grounds Keeper at Wilkes University

Robert as Handy Man at Camp Orchard Hill

Robert - Handy Man at Camp Orchard Hill

Russ and Kyler working at The Jumpstart Cart Food Truck

Russ and Kyler - The Jumpstart Cart Food Truck

Rocco - Stocking Shelves at Walgreens

Rocco - Stocking Shelves at Walgreens

Caitlin at Wag’s Indoor Dog Park

Caitlin - Wag’s Indoor Dog Park

Declan - Starbucks Barista

Declan - Starbucks Barista

Sean - Production Assistant WBRE

Sean - Production Assistant WBRE

Sean - Production Assistant WBRE

Sean - Production Assistant WBRE (2nd image)

Jacob - Luzerne Lumber Store Associate

Jacob - Luzerne Lumber Store Associate

Seth - Pinchot State Forester Job Shadow

Seth - Pinchot State Forester Job Shadow

Rusty - Rolling Silverware at Rodano’s

Rusty - Rolling Silverware at Rodano’s

Anthony - Shredding documents at Mt Zion Material Handling

Anthony - Shredding documents at Mt Zion Material Handling

Joey - Being recognized at Lowes for his hard work

Joey - Being recognized at Lowes for his hard work

The ALL Program would like to acknowledge and thank the following Misericordia University departments:

  • Facilities
  • Housekeeping
  • Mary Kintz Bevevino Library
  • John & Mary Metz Dining Hall
  • Cougar Prints

The ALL Program would like to acknowledge and thank our business partnerships for the employment opportunities provided to our program participants.

  • Albright Memorial Library

  • Amazon Warehouse - Hanover Twp.

  • Aramark - Wilkes University

  • Awesome Pawz Inc - W Hazleton
  • Ayer’s Towing
  • Ball Brokerage Company - Clarks Summit
  • Barnes & Noble - WB

  • Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance

  • Blue Chip Farms - Dallas
  • Boxes, Bows & More

  • Buddies Bagels

  • Buttinhead Farms

  • Camp Orchard Hill

  • CDE Exotics

  • CEO - Hazleton & Pittston
  • City Market and Cafe
  • Cumulus Radio Station Group - WB
  • CVS - Nanticoke
  • Danko's - Dallas & Plains
  • Dollar Tree - Pittston
  • Edward's Garden Center - Forty Fort
  • Earl & Sedor Studios
  • Elan Gardens - Clarks Summit
  • ek Fitness - Mountaintop
  • Entercom - Pittston
  • Envirotrol
  • Fox Hill Country Club - Exeter
  • Gardens at Butler - Drums
  • Genetti's - WB
  • Gerrity's - Luzerne/Hanover
  • Goodwill - Bloomsburg/Edwardsville/Hazle Twp
  • Gould's Shursave - Conyngham
  • Groomingdell’s
  • JCC Camp - Dallas
  • Kirby Center - WB
  • Kost Auto & Tire - Kingston
  • Kranson Clothes - WB
  • Little Theater

  • Lowe's Distribution Center - Pittston

  • Lowe’s - West Hazleton

  • Luzerne Auto Locksmith

  • Luzerne County GIS/Mapping Department

  • Luzerne Lumber - Luzerne
  • Macy's - WB
  • Mattern Flower Shop
  • McAndrews Law Office
  • Meadows Nursing Home - Dallas
  • Misericordia University - IT Dept/Math/Metz
  • Movies 14 - WB
  • Mt. Zion Material Handling 
  • Murphy Memorial Library
  • Nanticoke Fitness
  • Neiman Marcus 
  • Ollie's - Hazleton
  • PA DCNR - Pinchot State Forest
  • Pecora Electric
  • Petco - WB
  • Petsmart - WB
  • Petzone - Pittston
  • Pizza Bella
  • Price Chopper - Wyoming
  • Pride Mobility 
  • Q Pro Engineering
  • RACE West Company - Clarks Summit
  • Regal Entertainment - Hazleton
  • Rodano's - WB
  • Save A Lot
  • Schiel's Market - WB
  • Serendipity Therapeutic Riding Center
  • SPCA - WB
  • St Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen - WB
  • Standard Farms - White Haven
  • Starbucks-Moosic
  • Tammy's Kitchen - Larksville
  • The Jumpstart Cart
  • The Lands at Hillside - Trucksville
  • The Laurels Senior Living - Hazleton
  • The Video Game Store
  • The Woodlands Inn
  • Thomas' Market - Shavertown
  • Verve Vertu
  • Volunteers of America - WB
  • Wag’s Indoor Dog Park 
  • Walgreens - Dallas/Kingston 
  • Walter’s Hardware
  • WBRE
  • Weis - Hazleton
  • Weis - Nanticoke
  • Wet Paint Printing & Design
  • White Haven Market
  • Women's Boutique & Consignment-Mtntop
  • Woodlands - WB
  • Work of Art Learning Center - Exeter
  • Wyoming Valley Art League - Wilkes-Barre
  • Wilkes University - Grounds/Library 
  • Wilkes University - WB
  • YMCA - Pittston

ALL PROGRAM INFORMATION

MISSION STATEMENT
 

The mission of the ALL Program is to educate and train adults with autism to integrate and function independently in and with the community, by acquiring life and employment skills leading to supported or competitive employment in order to live to their full potential as individuals with dignity and fulfillment.

PROGRAM FOCUS

It is the belief of the ALL Program that persons on the autism spectrum of disorders and those persons dually diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities can be successful in the workplace with proper assessments and supports. The supported and competitive employment opportunities will be in fully integrated settings with equality in payment for services.

POPULATION SERVED

The ALL Program will provide high quality services to adults on the Autism Spectrum of Disorders and those persons dually diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities leading to obtaining and maintaining competitive integrated employment. The ALL Program specializes in dealing with persons who are diagnosed with Autism.

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