The need for an after school program for children with autism in Mecklenburg County is great. There are no specialized programs for children with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder. The Autism Foundation of the Carolinas, in collaboration with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the Autism Society of North Carolina, will offer an inclusion based after school program for children with ASD beginning fall 2008. the focus of the program will be to enhance independent functional living skills and self management skills by presenting opportunities for socialization, communication and self directed choice within each activity during the day. Program activities include: recreational play and/or relaxation with independent or inclusion options, and structured enrichment such as music/movement, art, social stories/life scenarios and homework assistance. a pilot program will be offered to a limited number of participants so program efficacy can be ensured before rolling it out countywide.