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Learn4Independence Program

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s Learn4Independence® program is a 32-course curriculum designed for individuals with autism ages 18+.

Over two years, Learn4Independence covers 32 courses focusing on a diverse range of topics starting with basic information and building to more advanced concepts to support employment and independent living.

2024 Enrollment Period and Schedule

  • Enrollment is currently open. Please contact our team for more information and to apply!
  • Classes begin August 19, 2024

To qualify, students must be 18 years or older, have an autism diagnosis, and be able to find transportation to and from classes at GateWay Community College. Students seeking a more self-sufficient, independent life can thrive with Learn4Independence, and can look forward to learning more about:

  • Work
  • Finances
  • Safety
  • Relationships
  • Nutrition
  • Identity
  • Community
  • Health
  • Solutions
  • Etiquette
  • Transportation
  • Independent Living
  • Organization

Additionally, the Learn4Independence® program allows participants to experience a postsecondary education setting and build social skills and friendships in a group-based community setting.


$2,000/semester (four semesters in total)

Funding options

  • Empowerment Scholarship Account
  • Private Pay

Location and Schedule

All classes are located at GateWay Community College-Washington Campus (108 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034). Classes follow the Gateway CC academic calendar and are held Monday-Thursday for two hours daily.

Contact information

Please note that there are limited spots available. For more information, including fees, please contact our Family Resource Team directly at 602-606-9806 or [email protected].