Quest Autism Programs is a community-based day program for adults with autism, based at the Wyckoff YMCA in Bergen County, NJ. Participants follow individualized daily schedules that span the areas of: Activities of daily living skills, social skills, vocational opportunities, recreational and leisure skills, as well as maintaining relevant previously mastered skills.
Supported employment and volunteer opportunities are emphasized at Quest. The goal for each of our participants is meaningful employment. Strengths and preferences are assessed and vocational opportunities (both supported employment and volunteer jobs) are established. Each participant is supported by a Job Coach, and may work individually or paired with another participant. The role of the Job Coach includes providing transportation to work, providing instruction and job training, and collecting data on performance.
QAP’s participants are active members of the community. This may include going to the gym, learning to grocery shop independently, going out to eat, or going to the library. Each day includes individualized, functionally relevant goals. The focus is to improve quality of life through development of important skills and improving independence for adults with autism.
Training & Instructional Philosophy
Ongoing training and treatment are based on the empirically validated teaching strategies and techniques derived from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
All of our participants have highly individualized programs designed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The program is focused on increasing on-task behavior and work endurance; teaching new skills and activities; maintaining previously learned skills; generalizing skills; and reducing challenging behaviors across the following areas.
- Community Skills
- Daily Living & Life Skills
- Prevocational Skills
- Recreation & Leisure Skills
- Social Skills
- Supported Employment & Supported Volunteer Work
In 2005, Quest Autism Programs (QAP) opened its doors to meet the vocational, recreational and social needs of adults with autism. The program enrolls adults over age 21 who continue to require individual supports after they have completed their school-based education.
QAP’s mission is to promote a high quality of life, through teaching skills that increase independence and enhance community integration. Each participant becomes a contributing member of the community by incorporating individual strengths and preferences into daily programming.
||Midland Park, NJ
||Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm
||Transportation within the community is provided. Families must provide transportation to and from the program. Quest is located on Access Link accessible locations.
||QAP is closed for three weeks of vacation throughout the year, and for Federal holidays.
||Participants are supported by a Job Coaches in 1:1, 1:2 and small group ratios, according to their level of independence and supports required.