Attention: AutismUp Classes at the Golisano Autism Center are cancelled for the remainder of the week and will resume on January 27, 2020 due to a pipe burst. Make-up classes will be rescheduled for week of 3/31-4/3.

Programs & Classes

Cooking with Friends

Cooking with Friends is a class designed for young adults (ages 18+) who are working to independently cook for themselves as they prepare to live on their own. Participants must be able to safely handle various kitchen equipment and utensils with very minimal support and light supervision.

Designed for young adults and older teens who want to develop skills needed to live on their own. The Cooking With Friends class will teach participants to follow recipes, measure, chop and combine ingredients, and safely operate a stove to cook simple, delicious and healthy meals. This program emphasizes the social aspect of cooking and sharing meals together. Participants work as a team in a fun, hands-on environment that provides the opportunity to build friendships as well as create a personal recipe book.

Ages: 18 +

Focus: Readiness Skills / Social Skills

Criteria: Participants who can independently be safe in the kitchen, including the independent use of sharp knives / Open to the public

1 - Develop safe food preparation skills.

2 - Learn to make simple and healthy meals independently.

3 - Socialize and build friendships with peers.

Duration: 12 weeks

Rate: $ 460 / Full session

  • $460
  • Jan 06 - Apr 06
  • Monday
    • Monday5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • $460
  • Jan 08 - Apr 01
  • Wednesday
    • Wednesday5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • $460
  • Jan 09 - Apr 02
  • Thursday
    • Thursday5:15pm - 7:00pm
Teen Adult Readiness Social On Site

AutismUp Membership

MembershipMembership to AutismUp has many benefits, including access to a broad array of complimentary support services, registration notices, special events and more.



How to register:

Click here to register for classes and to access the new AutismUp Dashboard. If you are using our new registration system, CampSite, for the first time you will be required to create a new family account before enrolling in any classes/programs.


  • To apply for a scholarship, please complete a Scholarship Request Form and send the first two pages of your most recent tax return to:

    Attn: Program Office
    50 Science Parkway
    Rochester NY, 14620

    or scan and send via email,

  • Gift cards are available for purchase and redeemable towards the cost of any class, program, workshop, or special event.

Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or concerns:

Program Coordinator:
Craig Jones
P: (585) 248-9011 ext. 116

If you have questions specific to payment, billing, invoicing and finances please contact:
P: (585) 248-9011 ext. 105

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