Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has opened its first CARD Adult Center of Excellence (ACE), expanding its reach and reaffirming its commitment to serving the individuals with autism throughout their lives. The new center will provide a unique, positive learning and training environment for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As with its over 200 existing treatment centers, CARD ACE will deliver top-quality, evidence-based behavioral health treatment while also providing an age-appropriate space that focuses on social, leisure, adaptive, and independent living skills.
In addition to traditional clinic rooms for center-based services and parent/caregiver support, and a communal room for social skills training, CARD ACE features a mock kitchen, bedroom, laundry room, and office for independent, adaptive, and vocational skills development.
“We are excited to open the doors to the CARD Adult Center of Excellence to the autism community in Southern California,” said CARD Adults program manager Vanessa Alvarez. “This new location will provide invaluable services and resources to those who need a more mature setting to develop the skills that will help them increase their independence and pursue their social and vocational goals.”
“The Adult Center of Excellence is a natural progression for CARD, just as our CARD community will naturally graduate from adolescence to young adulthood,” added Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D, founder of CARD. “We realize that navigating the unique challenges of autism does not end with childhood, and we are honored to be there with our patients as they grow and gain the skills that support them in adulthood.”
The center is located at 931 Buena Vista Street, Suite 200, Duarte, CA 91010. For more information, please contact CARD Adults program manager Vanessa Alvarez at v.alvarez(at)centerforautism.com.
About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and licensed psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD has over 200 locations throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com