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You Can Run ... or Volunteer ... at the APL Fun Run on Saturday, June 8th

APL is hosting our 2.5K Fun Run at Ravenna Park on June 8, 2019. Our goal is to not only raise awareness about our organization, autism, and the importance of inclusion, but also to bring the community together at the same time.

Participation is free - and every runner or walker gets a t-shirt. You can sign up here:

APL also needs volunteers to help set up tables, place signs, hand out water and t-shirts, and to help pack things up and clean up at the end of the event. All volunteers get an event t-shirt too!

You can sign up for a volunteer slot at

APL Fun Run
Date:Saturday, June 8, 2019
Location:Ravenna Park - 5520 Ravenna Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105 - (NE entrance at Ravenna Ave NE & NE 55th St.)
Time:Volunteer shifts run from 8am to 3pm. (The Run/Walk begins at 10:30 am)

For more information, contact the Advancement team at

APL Partners with UW on Unique Research To Help Students

APL is featured in the University of Washington's September 2018 edition of "Research That Matters". We are honored to have been asked to partner on this unique research project by UW College of Education and The Haring Center. Read about the in-classroom research using technology to make real-time coaching possible using streaming video, with a direct connection via a wireless earpiece.

Duke University B-Ball Player Kicks Off Cross-Country Bike Ride Fundraiser at APL!

On May 16, 2018 Duke University Men's Basketball player Brennan Besser embarked on a cross-country fundraiser at APL after holding a basketball clinic for our students. Brennan's goal over the summer is to raise $1 million for autism and for other intellectual and developmental disabilities as he rides from Seattle to New York. Click here for press coverage about the visit. You can also follow our Facebook page for updates and you can track his progress at Walk On America.

APL honors the memory of Thomas Burns

In late April 2018, Academy for Precision Learning lost a valued member of our community with the passing of Tom Burns. Tom and his family were instrumental in helping APL grow over the years. His commitment and generosity have meant so much to the school. Click the following link to learn more about this fascinating man and what he made possible. We will miss Tom greatly. Thomas Wayne Burns, 1958-2018

APL Student Makes a Big Impression with his Holiday Light Display

During the holiday season of 2017, APL student Alex worked extremely hard on a light display for his neighborhood - and got a lot of well deserved attention!
• TV news report on KING 5 News: Seattle teen with autism puts on fascinating Christmas light display
• Story in ParentMap: Autistic Seattle Teen Designs Epic Light Show

TEALS Program Highlighted on KOMO

In December 2016, KOMO News highlighted APL's TEALS program, which provides computer training to students - performed by volunteers from the tech industry.
Program teaches computer science to special-needs kids