Creating lifelong learning opportunities for
young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.


We are pleased to announce that Barbara and Charles Burnett and Tessera have come together with Seattle Children’s Hospital to offer new opportunities for young adults and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

There is currently an enormous gap between the need and the availability of services for adults impacted by ASD. We have joined with Seattle Children’s in an effort to combat this serious disparity, donating a combined $7 million in a special gift that includes Tessera’s former space. The result of this exciting philanthropic endeavor has established the Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center, opening in the start of the New Year (2014).

At the center, the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Program will offer year-round classes focusing on developing life skills, promoting health and wellness, and providing opportunities for recreation and social interactions. As national leaders in ASD, Children’s is uniquely positioned to offer these services in collaboration with UW Medicine and other community providers. The program will be both comprehensive and robust, fulfilling the Burnetts’ vision of providing lifelong services to adults with autism, while adding new expertise and opportunities for growth. Everyone involved in this remarkable development is eager to take this vision to new heights and change the face of autism in our region and beyond.

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