Glade Run Launches New Transitional Autism Program

Steven Green

Glade Run Lutheran Services (Glade Run) recently announced the newest addition to its impressive continuum of services for individuals with autism and other neuro-diversities. The Glades, a two-year residential offering for young adults ages 18 and over, is a structured transitional life development academy that prepares participants for successful and permanent independence.

Program participants utilize the Learn4Independence two-year curriculum developed by First Place in Arizona. These 32 semester-length courses are taught on site at Butler County Community College. A highly structured, supportive, and connected environment reinforces and builds on crucial independent living and vocational skills. Participants have the opportunity to apply daily instruction in the community, in independent living classrooms, and within their residence at Matthew Hall, the program’s Zelienople based and autism-friendly transitional housing.

“We are so pleased to have developed a continuum of services for parents of young adults with autism and other neuro-diversities,” says Glade Run president and chief operating officer Steven Green. “The Glades will provide a solution for parents wishing to help launch their young adult children into independence, and a caring and supportive environment for those individuals to live, learn, and work.”

The Glades program director Christopher Smith can be contacted at [email protected] or 724-452-4453, ext. 1112 for questions or to schedule a tour.
Founded in 1854 as the Orphan’s Home and Farm School, today Glade Run provides mental health, educational, unique therapeutic and autism offerings in school, community, and home-based settings to over 4,000 individuals each year throughout Western PA and beyond. Continuum of services for those with autism spectrum disorders includes therapeutic equine/animal/horticulture programming, community and home based wraparound and family partnership offerings, private K-12 education, Transitions day school, Independent Living Experience week-long residential programming, and The Glades. Glade Run is also home to the Sensory Park and Playground, designed to meet the physical, social, and sensory needs of individuals with autism and their families. Learn more about Glade Run at