New: Georgia Adult Autism Program!

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

One of our newest programs at GCSS is the Georgia Adult Autism Program, managed by Samantha Hebenstreit; it is a program specifically for adults with autism and/or severe behavior challenges.

The program focuses on community involvement, and teaches individuals how to make choices in a real-world environment.  Our program’s promise is to provide specialized support in order to meet the developmental needs of people we serve.

The Georgia Adult Autism Program continues where the high school curriculum leaves off, and works towards moving individuals from a heavily-supervised, facility based structure to an inclusive community based environment.

This program is not yet described on our main website, but that is a “project in the works,” so to speak.

Is My Family Member Eligible?

Individuals must be over age 18, have a diagnosis of autism (or one of the autism spectrum disorders), and experiencing challenges in one or more of these categories:

  • Presents a substantial risk of harm to self and/or others
  • Severely limited coping skills for the immediate environment
  • Demonstrates lack of judgment and/or impulse control behavior
  • Demonstrates lack of cognitive abilities to manage behavior

How Can I Pay For This?

There are several payment options available for The Georgia Adult Autism Program:

  • Medicaid Waiver Program
  • Private Pay
  • State Contracted Services (Grant in Aid Funds)

For more information on The Georgia Adult Autism Program and how to apply for services, please visit our website at Georgia Community Support and Solutions.

Georgia Adult Autism Program
1945 Cliff Valley Way
Suite 220
Atlanta, GA 30329
404-634-4222 ext. 242
Intake coordinator ext. 275


About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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