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.


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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Middle School Groups

Weekly Programs

These biweekly groups are designed just for girls or boys on the autism spectrum in grades 6-8. Under the guidance of trained staff, children will socalize with peers, take part in group activities, and learn about themselves. All groups will take place at the ACRES house (2400 Bernel Road) from 3-4:30 PM. The boys group will be meeting on Tuesdays starting on June 25th, and the girls group will meet on Thursdays starting on June 27th -- this is a change from what was previously announced.

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Get Your Move On!

Weekly Programs

This Saturday morning group is designed for children in 3rd through 5th grade to encourage outdoor movement, sensory play, communication and team building.

Begins on June 8th

$5 per session

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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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Social Gatherings

Evening Programs

Socialization can be difficult for those on the autism spectrum, so ACRES is proud to host a variety of fun social events where adults with autism can make friends, have a chat, and just have fun! Social gatherings include barbecues, taco nights, board game sessions, and more!

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 alternative 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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