The Kennedy Collective Autism Project provides opportunities for children, teens, and young adults on the Autism Spectrum – as well as other Developmental Disabilities – to engage in age-appropriate social and recreational activities that also integrate skill-building strategies. A variety of immersive programs are offered throughout the year, with many opportunities for people with Autism to feel supported, connected, and empowered.
Highly-Qualified Autism Specialists
Autism Project programs are led by The Kennedy Collective staff members who are highly-qualified to support people with Autism – including an Art, Music, Dance & Movement Therapist; Speech & Language Pathologist; and Behavioral-ABA-Trained Specialists.
Among Friends Theater Company
One of the most popular Autism Project programs offered by The Kennedy Collective is the Among Friends Theater Company. The seven-week, theatrical ensemble experience encourages social and emotional development, builds self-esteem, and teaches acceptance through working together. The group of actors work together to write, rehearse and perform, under the direction of actor and theater teacher, Meg Kiley Smith.
Flexible Autism Respite Programs
The Kennedy Collective hosts afternoon, weeknight, and Saturday programs in order to accommodate the schedules of individuals and families.
The flexibility of the Autism Project provides respite time for families to regroup, while their loved ones enjoy themselves participating in the theater.
Ongoing Autism Project Programs
|Among Friends Theater Company||Theatrical experience where group of actors with autism write, rehearse and perform together|
|Creative Connections||Art creation and artistic expression|
|Parents Empowering Parents||Monthly, self-care workshops providing support for parents of children with autism|
|Hanging With Friends||Social group for young adults, 18 years and older|
|Transition Opportunities for Postsecondary Success||In partnership with Fairfield University, a program for young adults with autism who are transitioning from high school to college|
|Saturday Social Groups||Socializing, dance & movement, art, music therapy, games, sports and more|
|Drop-In Days||Specific activities involving art, sports and socialization|
Empowering People With Autism
Families of individuals with Autism and other disabilities enjoy The Kennedy Collective Autism Project programs because they directly help their loved one address day-to-day challenges in their lives. The year-round, stimulating experiences are vital in helping autistic individuals build social and communications skills.
Let’s Discuss Your Needs
If you are a person with autism, or have someone close to you with autism, The Kennedy Collective team would love to discuss the Autism Project programs. Please provide some initial information, and a team member will be in touch with you.