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The Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC) is…

an integrated vocational and residential program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder 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. The individuals with ASD 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. The residents who live at the CLLC are active in preparing harvested vegetables for consumption at the CLLC or for sale to staff members, friends, and family.

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 go to and select TEACCH – CLLC – 427480 as the department to search for all available job postings at the CLLC. All CLLC employees are employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Us

Carolina Living and Learning Center
Campus Box 7180
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7180

Office: 919-918-5103
Fax Number: 919-542-0978
Additional Fax Number: 919-445-1440

Monthly Tours

For information about visiting the CLLC for a tour, contact the CLLC at 919-918-5103