Raising the Bar of Possibilities

Our Mission:

To provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs to improve their level of physical fitness. We are a place where individuals and their families find comfort, connection and community.

Summer Programs at AHFC!

Kick off an amazing summer break with us! Our day camps emphasize friendship and community building, all while focusing on health and wellness. Campers will experience a wide range of activities from social skills and team building games, sports and movement activities and yoga/ mindfulness. Camp is a great place to learn new skills, make friends, and improve your health and well-being! We welcome ages 5 and up in our camps, including young adults.

The mission of our camp program is to create a space of belonging and community for all campers. This allows everyone to feel success and support while engaging in active, cooperative and social experiences. We include every single participant in a way that they can be successful and have a great time. This is what sets our program apart from others.

If this is your first time registering for one of our camps, we will set up a meet & greet with our staff so we can determine your loved one's level of support. Camp is a group environment. If your camper requires one-on-one assistance, we may be able to provide a dedicated staff for an additional fee. Campers are also welcome to attend with an aide or ABA if needed.


Take a look at our camp!



Work one on one with a Certified Personal Trainer who has a background in adaptive fitness and working with people with special needs. Everyone has a different goal so every session looks different. No prior experience is necessary. We are an inclusive fitness center so we find ways to adapt movement and exercises to help people become stronger and more confident.


Group Classes are back! Small group fitness classes offer members the opportunity to meet new friends, learn or improve fitness skills, and have some fun. Click here to learn more.


We provide structured, organized and personalized classes within schools. Our adaptive physical education program is designed to meet the needs of students who otherwise have difficulty engaging in physical activity in a traditional PE setting

Contact Dedra for more information:


Autism Health & Fitness Center had the pleasure of having Matt Abati be a part of their team of Trainers. His work was incredibly important to him and he easily developed close bonds with all he worked with. Even while facing adversity, he brought care and attention to his work. Matt had been fighting a serious illness, which took his life on Sunday, September 22nd. We are heartbroken to loose such a bright and wonderful friend and co-worker. In honor of Matt's passion and hard work, his parents, Heather and Steve Abati, have created Love Yours: A Matt Abati Foundation, which will provide financial assistance to kids with autism to attend camp. To donate, make checks payable to Love Yours: A Matt Abati Foundation and mail to: Love Yours, 21 Briarwood Lane, Wallingford, CT 06492 Click here to view the Love Yours website for information on upcoming events. Thank you for sharing the gift of fitness with the special needs community. It's an impactful way to remember our friend Matt.

All Autism Health & Fitness Center members celebrate their year anniversary with a painted handprint and name on the front of the fitness facility.



Co-Founders Adam and Dedra Leapley founded Autism Health & Fitness Center after discovering the benefits linked between physical fitness and autism.
With specialized fitness programs and classes tailored to our members' abilities, we are able to ensure each individual reaches their goals in a comforting environment.


Our facility offers a wide variety of amenities specific to those with autism. Take a virtual tour of our center by clicking through our photo gallery.


Autism Health & Fitness Center is dedicated to enhancing the true potential of individuals who are on the spectrum. We raise the bar of possibilities.

You can choose from a variety of autism programs, each of which help our members reach their potential. With our International Sports and Sciences Association (ISSA) certified trainers who lead individual and group activities, each member is welcomed by familiar faces all of whom create a positive atmosphere. Autism Health & Fitness Center's sensory-friendly facility makes each member feel at home.

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