New WKU Program to Provide Independent Living and Work for Adults on Autism Spectrum

Dec 10, 2019

Mary Lloyd Moore speaking at the groundbreaking for the LifeWorks at WKU program on Oct. 21, 2019.
Credit WKU

Some of the biggest challenges facing young adults are finding a job and a place to live.

This is especially true for those on the autism spectrum. A new program expected to launch in the fall of 2020 at Western Kentucky University is designed to assist adults on the autism spectrum live and work on their own.

LifeWorks at WKU broke ground on a residential complex near the Bowling Green campus in October. The residential buildings being used for the program will be completed by renovating existing apartment buildings along Adams St.


"You know, adulting is a difficult thing,” said Mary Lloyd Moore, Executive Director of the Susanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU. “When college students graduate, it can be difficult to enter the world of work. And so, our goal is to provide the supports that are necessary for anyone to transition from a life of a student to the life of a contributing workforce participant."

Lifeworks at WKU will be available to those who are 21 years of age and older, and prepared to start a job.

Mary Lloyd Moore, Executive Director of the Susanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU, speaks with Brandon Woempner.
Credit Kevin Willis

"We offer supported employment, supported living, community engagement for recreation and leisure time,” said Moore. “As well as education for relationship building".

Mary Lloyd Moore recently sat down with WKU Brinkley Student Employment Fellowship participant Brandon Woempner to talk more about LifeWorks at WKU. You can hear their conversation by clicking on the "Listen" button above.