Meristem is a unique program dedicated to preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for a life of greater independence and fulfillment. We are located near Sacramento, California, on a lush 13-acre campus. Meristem students are young adults, between the ages of 18-28, who show the potential to achieve greater independence and self-sufficiency upon graduation. They often have aspirations for career and/or college, and are willing to discover and work towards their passions and goals.
Our students come to Meristem from all across the United States. What they share in common is a history of struggle, a deep desire to feel connected to others, and a goal of attaining a greater state of independence. Our students work closely with their Student Coordinator to identify their goals and to make a plan to reach those goals over the course of three years.
While our students make strides toward their own personal definition of independence, our parents and family members are also transformed and supported by being part of our community. Many parents experience firsts for their student here, and as a community they celebrate those moments together.