Achievements Unlimited (AU) is a new day program that opened in January 2013 to support the growing number of young adults with severe autism. The program was developed and is being managed by Melissa Weber, BCBA, LBA. Achievements Unlimited has been designed to meet the needs of those with severe autism who do not qualify, or have been refused, by other day programs or sheltered workshops due to their challenging behaviors.
AU is the first of its kind in the state of Missouri. It offers a therapeutic day service program that incorporates Behavior Analytic Services, Occupational Services, and “microenterprises” as a means to build functional, daily living, and community interaction skills. All activities in the program are meaningful activities that are designed to teach new skills and build independence. The program has a three tier design which incorporates an environment structured to support the unique clients served, extensive and ongoing training to ensure therapists and staff have the most up-to-date techniques to support the clientele, and a therapeutic approach that blends the fields of Behavior Analysis and Occupational Therapy.