Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville


900 E Hill Ave Suite 145
Knoxville TN  37915

Phone: (865) 247-0065

Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville

Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville was founded in 1999 by concerned parents to create support for adults with autistic spectrum disorders. Although between $236 and 265 billion dollars are spent annually on autism in the United States and nearly $175 billion is spent on adult services, after an adult with an autistic spectrum disorder ages out of the school system, little support is available to help them live meaningful and independent lives. These parents saw this problem and dreamt of a utopia where their children could be supported but not stifled in their personal growth and have the opportunity to thrive in a college campus-like setting.
Today, Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville is an innovator and model of excellence in not only the region, but in the field. The person-centered, family-focused planning model strives to create opportunities for lifelong learning, community integration and purposeful, gainful employment for any individual supported who wants to work. At present, community living, community recreation, community service and community employment programs exist and further the mission of improving the lives of adults with autism.
The organization continues to grow with the addition of a support group for adults with high functioning autism, a community liaison service and the Project SEARCH program at UT Medical Center. Project SEARCH is a nine month program providing internships at the hospital which develop job skills, social skills and connections with the community to strengthen the individual supported’s ties with their employer.
Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville is always developing new concepts to expand the range of services provided and, as executive director Beth Ritchie says, to “perfect the dream”.

Seventeen years ago, we imagined a perfect space for adults on the autism spectrum. We've brought it to life and are still dreaming.

An offshoot of the Autism Society of East Tennessee, Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville serves adults with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.
The organization holds an annual 5k run to support the continued growth of programs which

Breakthrough provides services that enable adults with autism to lead purposeful lives.

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Founded: September 17, 1999

Categories: Disability Services, Non-Profit Organization, Organization, Public Services & Government




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Past Events

Jason's Deli Fundraiser!

Jason's Deli Fundraiser!
05:00 pm - 06/09/2017

At Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville

Mention Breakthrough on June 9th from 5p-10p at the N. Peters Road Location and 15% of your total bill will be donated straight to Breakthrough!! Although its not...

Silent Auction: Santa Claus

Silent Auction: Santa Claus
12:00 am - 12/03/2016

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Rules: 1. Find the "Silent auction bidding" thread on the event page 2. Post your bid in the comments section 3. If you wish to remain anonymous- send Breakthrough...

Breakthrough Fundraiser: Warehouse/Garage Sale!

Breakthrough Fundraiser: Warehouse/Garage Sale!
07:00 am - 08/27/2016

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Save the Date!!! Breakthrough's Warehouse space has become overwhelmed with a lot of awesome items that need a new home! We'll be having a garage sale on August...

Breakthrough Fundraiser: Warehouse/Garage Sale!

Breakthrough Fundraiser: Warehouse/Garage Sale!
07:00 am - 08/06/2016

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Save the Date!!! Breakthrough's Warehouse space has become overwhelmed with alot of awesome items that needs a new home! Will be having a "Garage" sale on August...

Open House at The Neighborhood

Open House at The Neighborhood
12:00 pm - 05/20/2016

At Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville

After getting so much press on the Neighborhood, we got a lot of calls, emails and other requests to get to hear about it and see what it's about. We heard you....

2015 Golf Tournament

2015 Golf Tournament
12:00 am - 09/28/2015

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Join us For a Fun day of Golf to help support Breakthrough and the Autism Society of East Tennessee! check out the info on our website! You will also find the...

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