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Ascent Program from Devereux Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP)

The Ascent Program, a program from Devereux’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP), will help school districts meet the unique needs of transition-aged students who do not benefit from spending a full school day in the classroom.

The transition model emphasizes independence, employment readiness, community-based instruction and positive behavior support planning.

With the support of the highly qualified Devereux specialists who work with the school’s IEP team, students develop appropriate and effective skills that will facilitate independence through-out their adult lives.

Program Components


  • Employment Interests and Readiness
  • Community and Independent Living Skills
  • Social and Communication Skills
  • Person-Centered Future Planning
  • Functional Behavior Assessment

Employment Preparation & Placement

  • Placement and support in community-based job and training sites
  • Instruction in critical skills
  • Portfolio and resume development

Direct Instruction in:

  • Community-based skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills

Positive Behavior Support Planning

  • Skilled oversight by Master's level or higher professionals
  • Training and support to all levels of direct service staff
  • Data collection, monitoring, and reporting

Inclusion Criteria

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis
  • Between the ages of 14-21
  • Can safely be managed in community settings
  • Absence of severe, challenging behaviors that could pose a threat or harm to self or others

For more information or to make a program referral contact:
Maggie Haag — Primary Contact, Program Director at
Dr. Todd Harris — Director of Autism Services at