Columbus Community Center was founded in 1968 and has been serving individuals with disabilities with vocational training, a residential program, a day activity program, and supported employment services. In 2015 we created our first new program in 30 years, the NextWork Autism Program. NextWork provides services and programming to assist individuals on the autism spectrum (18 years old and older), and their families, in the following ways; Identify, discover and explore interests, teach and reinforce social and technical skills, introduce individuals to possible careers, assist individuals in building a path to a career, gain a greater understanding of available community and government services and how to access them, consider attending college, university, or a technical trade school post high school graduation, increase independence and quality of life as students prepare for adulthood, have the opportunity to participate in NeuroVersity, Lego Mindstorm Robotics, or Digitability classes.

NextWork also assists individuals with autism in finding and maintaining employment in the community. Using proven employment tools and a variety of assessments, NextWork staff work with clients to discover the types of jobs that will provide a sense of belonging, accomplishment, and success. Our programs are based on proven methods and research. We work with community partners, public and private schools, as well as higher education institutions, to add depth and richness of experience to our program.

Download the NextWork PDF here

Register for NextWork classes here

2019 Fall Schedule for NextWork classes here

For more information about any of the NextWork services,
please contact Amy Wadsworth at or 385-715-5376.

Make a donation to the NextWork Autism Program

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