Programs & Projects

Everybody has a talent, and the ACRES Project is here to turn the passions and skills of adults with autism into meaningful living and working opportunities allowing individuals to live, thrive, and sustain themselves financially.


Creative Sundays: Cooking Class

Weekly Programs

Learn to prepare and cook delicious food! From hamburgers to lasagna to nacho dip, our cooking expert Ed guides a group of adults on the autism spectrum through a variety of participant-chosen recipes. The best part? Sitting down to eat the meal together! This program occurs on Sunday evenings from 5-7 PM.

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Creative Sundays: Soap Making

Weekly Programs

Join us at ACRES and learn to make, market, and sell beautiful handcrafted soaps! Just pick a mold and add scents and colors to create a unique bar of soap. This program occurs every Sunday from 3 to 5 PM as part of our "Creative Sundays" series.

Soaps are sold through Acres of Joy, our soapmaking business which is operated by adults on the autism spectrum.

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Women's Book Club

Evening Programs

Because females often experience autism differently than males do, women and girls with autism are a frequently overlooked demographic. As they read and discuss books about the female autism experience, participants in ACRES' Women's Book Club connect with each other, share advice, and learn more about themselves. This group meets at the ACRES house (2400 Bernel Road, State College) at 6 PM every other Monday.

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Creative Sundays: Improv Group

Weekly Programs

This is a fun, laid-back improv program intended for individuals on the autism spectrum. Make new friends, express yourself, and learn valuable communication skills as our staff guide the group through a series of fun improv games! This group meets every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 3 PM.

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College Support

Evening Programs

College can be tough, especially if you have an autism spectrum disorder or learning disability. ACRES invites PSU students on the spectrum to join us for individualized discussion and guidance to help you succeed. Whether you need a mentor, advice on navigating the PSU system, or just want to meet others "on the spectrum," we'll find solutions that work for you. If you are interested, please email bmbregar52@gmail.com, call, or text. We will gladly meet you on campus for a private, confidential discussion.

Free (Contributions accepted)

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Wednesday Night Social Group

Evening Programs

Socialization can be difficult for those on the autism spectrum, so ACRES is proud to be a safe place where adults with autism can make friends, have a chat, and just have fun! A group of young adults on the autism spectrum meets every Wednesday from 6-8 PM.

Free (contributions accepted)

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Holiday Parties

Special Programs

Everyday holiday traditions can be overwhelming for individuals with autism. Throughout the year, ACRES hosts special parties and events with these community members in mind. From sensory-friendly photos with Santa to not-so-scary Halloween celebrations, ACRES hopes to provide individuals of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to have fun!

Free (contributions accepted)

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OVR Programs

Daily Programs

The ACRES Project is an approved provider of Workplace Readiness Training, Travel Training, Self-Advocacy Training, and Independent Living Skills Instruction to individuals aged 14-21 through Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). These state-funded programs are designed to give individuals with disabilities the skills they need to transition into independent living and meaningful employment, at no cost to the client.

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Day Programs

Daily Programs

A nurturing, small group environment helps adults with autism get organized and connected through structured, participant-chosen activities and a shared meal.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 1pm

Free (Contributions Accepted)

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