Our Programs

Our Approach 

At The Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta, we foster lifelong learning, emphasizing active, hands-on, age-appropriate learning

with real life applications. 

Oftentimes people who work with individuals with special needs tend to focus on weaknesses. At EFAtl we focus on and develop strengths. 

Our programs are designed to: 

Empower Each Other

We develop programming based around our members’ interests and empower and encourage them to explore their passions and learn through experiences.

Foster Collaboration

At EFAtl we all have differing abilities and our members learn about being part of a team: communicating, working things out, and problem-solving.

Inspire Growth

By always keeping in mind that the process is more important than the result, our members learn to capitalize on their strengths, adapt as needed, and focus on growth.

Build Community 

By modeling and practicing acceptance and collaboration, we foster an atmosphere where everyone is a valued member of the team. We look after each other because that’s what families do.

How Our Members Give Back

An important part of our program is getting our members out into the community where they can interact, volunteer, meet people, and learn new things, just like anyone else their age. 

Through volunteer projects, such as Lettum Eat, Oakland Community Garden, Mend the Gap, singing and delivering meals and birthday greetings to homebound elderly, and Calvin Cove Adult Daycare for Fragile Elderly, our members gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment. We find appropriate sites where they can use and build their skills to make a difference. 

The Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta is a place where you want to be,

and that is the perfect environment to thrive.

Participant Criteria:

  1. Participants must be at least 18 years old. 
  2. Participants should possess independent self-help skills. Specifically, participants should be able to toilet and feed themselves. 
  3. Participants should be able to follow simple instructions and participate in activities with minimal staff assistance. 
  4. Participants should have a level of social maturity that allows them to interact appropriately with other individuals. 
  5. EFAtl is a get-up-and-go kind of program. Individuals who have difficulty managing transitions and change need to participate in a trial period to determine whether this type of program is a good fit. 
  6. Participants should not require one-one assistance due to physical, cognitive, or medical needs. Exceptions to this criteria will be considered if the participant attends with a personal aide. All aides, however, must receive prior approval. 
  7. Each participant begins the program on a 30-day trial basis. At that time the Program Director will consult with the family to ensure that the program is a good fit for the participant to continue.