The ACCESS Program is designed for adults with autism to provide a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to practice and develop skills while meeting others and having fun. The ACCESS Program is designed to help strengthen social skills, life coping skills, and planning skills to empower adults with autism to access social, work/educational, and community opportunities. The program consists of 10-15 members led by a developmental psychologist and supervised by a licensed psychologist.

Every participant will select a close family member or friend to serve as their "social coach" throughout the program. A concurrent support group for the social coaches will provide them with strategies to help the adults with autism apply the skills learned in group to real world settings

Program Schedule:

Program begins in June each year
Group meets weekly for 1.5 hours
Workshop lasts ~20 weeks

Who can participate in the ACCESS Program?

Individuals are eligible to participate if they meet the following requirements:

  • Must be between the ages 18-38 years
  • Must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger's Syndrome
  • Must have graduated from high school
  • Must have average or better verbal abilities

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Caryn Chalmers, the Social Skills Coordinator, at 916-734-7628 or

The ACCESS Program is a fee for program. We do not currently cover Medi-Care/Medi-Cal and Alta patients for ACCESS. Please check with your insurance provider.