Carolina Living and Learning Center

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The Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC) is an integrated vocational and residential program for adults with autism located in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The CLLC is part of TEACCH® and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located on 79 acres of land just north of Pittsboro, North Carolina, the CLLC has one home for 5 adults and a second home for 10 adults with autism. Both homes are certified as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF-IID) and the primary source of operating funds is Medicaid. In addition to being a treatment program, the CLLC is involved in training professionals in the field of autism.

The residential program emphasizes the development of independent skills in a wide variety of areas. Communication, social, leisure, vocational, self-help, domestic and cooking skills are addressed in activities both at the CLLC and in the community. Vocationally, the CLLC emphasizes a gardening and landscaping curriculum. In addition to the residents of the CLLC, several individuals with autism from the community also participate in the vocational program. The individuals with autism work collaboratively with the staff members to build and maintain vegetable, herb and flower gardens and to maintain the CLLC grounds.

Most work tasks are set up on an individual basis, where the client can work at his/her own pace. Outdoor activities include mowing, raking, weeding, planting, watering, building compost, and harvesting produce. Individuals with autism working at the CLLC also enjoy indoor activities such as making pesto or salsa, and making soap, cards and potpourri using dried herbs and flowers from the gardens. Some also work on office tasks and/or cleaning tasks.Residents and day participants are active in preparing harvested vegetables for consumption at the CLLC or for sale to staff members, friends, and family.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

The CLLC provides training to professionals who are interested in applying the TEACCH methods in their work with adults with autism in residential and/or vocational settings. Training opportunities include a five-day training course that combines didactic information with hands-on training with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or a two-day workshop. Contact Linda Clark, Training Coordinator, for an application and additional information (919) 542-1910.

INTERNSHIPS

The CLLC is available as a training site for national or international interns who are interested in an extended period of training.

Applicants should write to: Dr. Lee Marcus, Director TEACCH Training
TEACCH Autism Program, Campus Box # 7180, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7180 or email

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The CLLC's staff members work directly with the residents with autism to improve the quality of their life and to maximize their ability to function as independently as possible in the community. Individuals interested in full-time or part-time employment should contact Tom Wiebe (919) 542-1910 for information about current job openings. CLLC employees are employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which is an equal opportunity employer.