our programs

About our Programs


The Exceptional Foundation offers a wide variety of programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

We strive to facilitate the social lives of the individuals we serve through daily programs for adults, after-school and summer camp programs for youth, night and weekend events, Saturday sports leagues as well as Special Olympics Sports, and other various clubs and enrichment activities. After completing an admission interview, individuals can choose to participate in any of the opportunities The Exceptional Foundation has to offer. For more information or to schedule an admission interview contact Katie Lewis, Participant Coordinator, at klewis@exceptionalfoundation.org.


Your Questions, Answered

Frequently Asked Questions

Does The Exceptional Foundation have participant criteria?

The Exceptional Foundation Participant Criteria:
➝ Must be ages 5 and up
➝ Must have independent self-help skills (i.e.: toileting, feeding without assistance)
➝ Must be able to follow simple commands and participate in activities with minimal assistance from staff.
➝ Must have established social maturity to the degree that they are able to interact appropriately with other program participants.
➝ The physical, cognitive, and medical needs of participants must be such that they do not require one-on-one assistance or exceed the established participant/staff ratio.
➝ There will be a 30-day evaluation period to determine if our program can adequately address the needs of the participant.

Can participants have a job and attend The Exceptional Foundation?

Yes! The Exceptional Foundation provides a flexible enrollment schedule. Although you must adhere to your selected schedule, you can choose between 1, 2, 3, or 4 days per week.

How do I become a participant?

To get started, review the participant criteria, then contact Katie Lewis, Participant Coordinator, to set up an admission interview.

What happens during the admission interview?

The admission interview is about a 30 to 45-minute meeting at The Exceptional Foundation with the participant, caregiver, and participant coordinator to review the program, get to know each other, get a tour of the facility, and receive the participant paperwork.

Does The Exceptional Foundation serve youth or adults?


What can we expect on the first day?

When your participant arrives for their first day, one of our friendly staff members will help them get their things put away and show them to their group. They will meet new friends and start activities. You are welcome to call and check on them anytime throughout the day!

What if my adult participant does not attend a field trip?

Field trips are optional to attend. We mail monthly calendars with all activities along with the sign-up form for any field trips your participant would like to attend. There are planned activities for any participants who does not attend fieldtrips.

Does The Exceptional Foundation provide transportation?

No, but The Exceptional Foundation can recommend transportation services for participants and families. Any contract that you enter into with one of these services does not have any bearing on your relationship with The Exceptional Foundation. These services are Kid One Transport, Clas Tran, VIP Max Paratransit, and One Source Transportation. The Exceptional Foundation does provide transportation to and from scheduled field trips.

Does The Exceptional Foundation provide residential housing?

No, The Exceptional Foundation is open Monday – Thursday from 7:50 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

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