The Arts 'n Autism after-school and summer camp program opened in March 2004. It provides services to autistic children in the Tuscaloosa area and surrounding counties. Our students range in age from preschoolers to young adults. The program was designed to meet four crucial needs: Supervised visual and performing arts activities for children who, because of their deficiencies in language and social skills, have difficulty utilizing existing after school or recreation programs offered by public schools, churches, or other institutions in Tuscaloosa County. Respite for family members and other caregivers who are responsible for round the clock care of these children. Outreach and assistance to low-income families who would otherwise be unable to secure similar after school and summer camp services for their children with autism. Like any other after-school program, Arts 'n Autism meets a practical need that working families have - a safe after-school environment for their children until the parents can pick them up after work.