The mission of Barrier-Free's Studio is to support the development of life skills and social skills through an integrated-arts model with a focus on interpersonal interaction, community integration, and group collaboration.
"Barrier-Free has helped me be a kinder, more understanding person and make more friends along the way in doing so."
- Sam Silverman, Barrier-Free actor, social clubber, and Studio Ambassador
Who We Serve
The Life Skills & Social Studio serves neurodivergent adults 18+, including those with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism.
Barrier-Free's Studio is optimally designed forindividuals ages 18 - 40 who are seeking to navigate society with greater independence and confidence. We specialize in supporting transition age (18 -25) adults in their continued development and learning when exiting the school system.
Where to Find Us
Located in vibrant Historic Downtown Sykesville, The Studio is approximately 20-45 minutes from Westminster, Frederick, Columbia, Baltimore, Gaithersburg, and more.
Barrier-Free services are eligible for a variety of funding types including Autism Waiver, LISS, DDA Self-Direct Plans, transition scholarships, and potential others. Please contact us directly to coordinate funding opportunities, request invoices, or other funding matters.
"My daughter has been involved with Barrier Free for over five years. She loves hanging out with people her age who are 'just like her.' The atmosphere is one that is structured, but with a laid-back vibe to it."
- Lori Wachter, mother of Emily Wachter, Barrier-Free actor, social clubber, and Studio Ambassador
We are proud to be funded in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council
We are proud to be funded in part by a Safeway Foundation Grant
We are proud to be funded in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council
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