Adults with autism and developmental disabilities face rates of obesity higher than the national rate of obesity in non-disabled adults. There is virtually no comprehensive nutrition education specifically targeted for individuals with autism, and adults have difficulty obtaining life skills such as cooking and preparing meals because community instruction opportunities are lacking. This critical gap in skills further impedes these adults in achieving independence.
We provide safe, appropriate and comprehensive instruction in cooking healthy meals and snacks. We also provide opportunities for individuals to grow their own food in community and home gardens and use the garden produce in the classes or at home.
We will teach 85+ adults with autism, each year, healthy living skills that will positively impact their health outcomes, lower their likelihood of obesity and obesity-related illness, and improve their overall independence.