Shopping has never had a better purpose
Autism Avenue is a one-of-a-kind retail shop. Our mission is to provide a structured work environment that delivers a platform for job-training and real-world experience for young adults with high functioning autism.
With a strong foundation of support through our Greater Expectations program (part of the Independent Living Resource Center) all individuals are part of a multi-level program that is completely structured and organized to meet their individual needs. With the goal of job acquisition within the community, each individual is supported through the process of seeking and obtaining employment. Rather than teach or train to one specific job, the Greater Expectations program focuses on the process and skills necessary to independently navigate within the job market. This sets them up for multiple opportunities rather than just one job or task in a sheltered work setting.
Autism Avenue Provides a Training Platform
Autism Avenue Gift Shoppe provides an uncommon shopping experience while serving as a stepping stone towards each individual’s job preference and life-goals beyond the program. Autism Avenue is their opportunity to practice skills acquired while improving social connections, and building self-esteem, thus providing the motivation needed for individual success.
At Autism Avenue, we provide a training platform typical of any small business in our community. This allows us to target specific areas of skills needed for each individual to practice and hopefully master. Here they can pursue their goals and dreams of sustained employment, independent living, valuable personal relationships, and a much more fulfilling future.
Unique Gifts that Inspire
Our gift line makes shopping easy. We have a variety of vendors who cater to those looking for birthday, baby, anniversary gifts, and other holiday treasures. Many of the items in our store have a personal touch as they are created by individuals participating in our Connections Club. Whether it’s refurbishing an old door into a beautiful table or turning an old farm window into a family frame, our individuals play an integral role in providing a unique buying experience.
EVERY purchase EVERY day supports our program.
Finally, when visiting Autism Avenue you will find current resources, sensory tools, and ideas on how best to support your child with autism as well as other developmental disabilities. We also carry a unique line of awareness items including necklaces, bracelets, and artwork for those wanting to promote awareness in their families and community. Our resources are perfect for advocacy efforts and information to best educate yourself as a potential employer, teacher, or friend.
For more information about the programs we offer or to find out how you can help, call (316) 866-2464. You can also use our Contact Us form.