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Exercise center expands and helps young adults with autism

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:40 am

Nathan Brooks, age 17, works to pack grocery items at the Louisa Resource Council. Submitted photo

Fisher’s Fitness in Louisa has seen a fair amount of growth this year, resulting in the expansion of their facilities.

More than 1,000 square feet was added to their location in Loudin Commercial Village in the late winter and early spring, and opened to the public in April.

“We were able to consolidate a lot of our equipment with the extra space,” Carrie Woolfolk,who co-owns Fisher’s Fitness with her husband, Tom, said. “It’s wonderful having so much extra space.”

The new workout area contains extra exercise equipment and mats for stretching as well as a tanning room.

But adding more square footage is not the only new thing going on at the gym. Beginning in January, they started taking part in Louisa County High School’s Adaptive Academic and Adult Transition Program.

The program, which has existed for years on a case-by-case basis, helps autistic students learn vocational and social skills to allow them to transition into society following graduation from high school.

Recently, under the guidance of Donna Oesterheld, a special education teacher at the high school, the program has begun focusing on a larger group of students with autism.

To read the entire story, see the Aug. 10 edition of The Central Virginian.