Welcome to the Chapel Haven Community! Here, you’ll learn about our diverse programs, the specific paths that are available to students from on-boarding and curriculum, right through to independent living and a lifetime of support.
Residential transition program with continuing lifelong supports for adults with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Focus is on functional academics, life skills practice in a supported apartment setting, vibrant social recreation activities and vocational readiness. Learn More >
Residential transition program for adults with Asperger Syndrome & related social disabilities; targets social communicative competency, life skills in a supported apartment setting, self determination & supports for college and vocations. The focus is to assist adults in developing independent social competencies across all settings. Learn More >
Chapel Haven West is a transition program serving adults with autism spectrum disorders and related social disabilities. Focus is on social communicative competency, taught at the University of Arizona in a credit-bearing curriculum, life skills in a supported apartment setting, self determination and supports for college and vocations. Learn More >
Transitioning your student into the real world: After graduation, join our community. Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. is not simply a school or independent living program. We are a large and vibrant adult community offering supports for a lifetime for those who choose that route. Eighty-five percent of the families who choose Chapel Haven for a beginning away-from-home residential experience stay on after graduation and joined our Supported Living Community!
All three of our core residential programs (REACH, ASAT and Chapel Haven West) offer continuing supports after an individual has completed the residential program. We are experts at helping our adults settle into an apartment, often with other Chapel Haven graduates, find jobs, enjoy continuing social/recreation on the weekend and receive targeted life skills supports to continue with the journey to independence. In addition, Chapel Haven is available to adults outside our community who have some experience with independent living and are seeking a vibrant adult community to join, whether for day programming, enrichment classes, social recreation on the weekend or help with independent living.
My eye contact has improved. I show interest in other people. I am more empathetic toward friends. I have improved in my ability to terminate conversations appropriately and initiate questions in conversations. I did not know how to add or drop a course. I took the wrong classes and did not know how to ask for help from the Disability Resource Center. I did not know how to watch for cues, which professor I should pick, or who would be appropriate to my needs. Now I am able to advocate for accommodations. I’m able to talk to my professors and access resources like the campus writing center, the technology lab, and career services.
It’s been a long journey to get where I am now - successfully beginning a career in accounting, feeling at home in New Haven, having good friends, and feeling a lot more confident in myself.