APL celebrates the important role we play in the lives of so many families. To this end, in addition to being a school and a clinic, we are also a resource hub for our own community and the neurodiverse community in the Seattle-area.
Each high school student at APL participates in a Learner-Centered Planning Process to create an individualized High School and Beyond Plan. Each learner's support team of guardians, services providers, and family members helps them explore opportunities for a meaningful and engaging life after high school. Families and learners are connected with local resources and supported through the transition from 9th grade through the first year beyond APL. These services include connections with DVR, Arc of King County, and potential internships, volunteer opportunities, and job skill readiness.
Next Step Parent Group (NSPG) is a monthly space where families can share information, resources, experiences, strategies, tips, and ideas in support of children with autism who are ages 15 to 21 and transitioning to adulthood.
NSPG is an extension of a partnership with Seattle Children's Autism Center, is facilitated by an APL parent, and hosts guests from the autism community and organizations.
Parent Council is the equivalent of a PTA at APL. Via monthly meetings, the Council is a forum for families to share ideas, create new ways to celebrate our staff and families, and volunteer.
Inclusion is one of APL's core values both inside the classroom and beyond. We are proud to be a part of Seattle's U-District and love to partner with local organizations and businesses like:
- Broadway Bound
- Foundry 10
- Aspiring Youth
Our longest partnership is with the UHeights Center which has been APL's home since 2009!