Avondale House provides individuals with autism the resources, education, and training to develop to their fullest potential.
Avondale House is a United Way non-profit agency that provides educational and training services to children and adults with autism.
To that end, we operate a year-round TEA-approved day school where we serve over 75 students from more than 20 different school districts, up to the age of 21 years old. Each student receives specific education and training according to their individualized education and behavior improvement plans.
We also have a day habilitation program for adults 22 and older, who need a safe and nurturing environment to continue developing skills for independence. Clients participate in daily living skills and pre-vocational training through activities on campus as well as through community and volunteer outings.
The agency also operates three group homes, licensed by DADS, in southwest Houston for our clients who are unable to live in their own homes. Residents enjoy family-style life with weekend and evening recreation; as well as training in tasks such as laundry, housekeeping and cooking. Each client also receives support with medical needs and daily hygiene according to their abilities.
Avondale House was established in 1976 by a group of parents of children with autism. We began in an old two-story home on Avondale Street, in the Montrose area, in a house we purchased and used as a group home until the mid-1980s. Our original school was located in the guest quarters in the back of this house.
In 1984, we outgrew the guest quarters and moved the school to space we leased from Central Presbyterian Church. We also purchased three homes in southwest Houston for our residential program. With the growth and success of the agency we became a United Way affiliated agency in 1990.
In January 2006, the Board of Directors of Avondale House launched a capital campaign to support the construction of a new facility to be our forever home. Great care was taken to design a building that would serve the needs of our clients, while allowing for the continued growth of our agency and programs.
The doors of our new, 33,000-square-foot facility on O’Meara Drive opened in January 2008. Among its features are bathrooms in every classroom, training areas including full kitchens and a laundry room, a large recreational and multi-purpose room, and plenty of space for expansion. In 2015 we acquired an additional five acres of property and added a basketball court, walking track and large picnic area.