Programs & Projects

At the ACRES Project, we don't fit people into programs: we shape our programs around people.


Cooking Class (Temporarily Suspended)

Weekly Programs

Learn to prepare and cook delicious meals! From hamburgers to lasagna to nacho dip, our cooking expert 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 is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we hope to resume it in the future.

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Women's Book Club (Temporarily Suspended)

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 program is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we hope to resume it in the future.

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Improv Theatre Group (Temporarily Suspended)

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 program is currently suspended, but we hope to resume it in the future when circumstances allow.

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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 private, 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.

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Socials and Parties (Temporarily Suspended)

Special Programs

Traditional parties and holidays can be overwhelming for individuals with autism, but that doesn't mean they don't want to participate. Throughout the year, members of our PSU campus branch The ACRES Project at State (TAPS) host special parties and events with neurodivergent community members in mind. From sensory-friendly backyard barbecues to not-so-scary Halloween celebrations, these events 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, as well as Supported Employment Services to those 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.

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