Employment training to provide young adults with ASD or Aspergers the skills to allow for vocation opportunities.
It is our hope that all participants will get on the job experience under the support and monitoring of a job coach. We plan on developing a guideline which will provide a framework for anyone working with the targeted populations.
Another aspect of the program includes videotaping participants throughout the stages. These videos will be used for self awareness and self evaluation by the participants as well as by the professional staff who are tasked with providing support and strategies. This framework module and the lessons learned will capitalize further job skill training program development across the province by potential stakeholders. Stakeholders could include parents, employment trainers, high school co-op teachers, other ASD and Aspergers community service and support providers.
Young Adults Ages 16-24
Young adults have transitioned out of childhood and into the realm of responsibilities and self dependence. This stage can be scary and confusing for some as the opportunities for socialization increase and instances of independent life are inevitable. Young adults must learn how to earn a living and find their place in society. This vocational training program is designed to provide young adults and adolescents with Autism and Aspergers, learning disabilities or developmental delays with skills and strategies to make their vocational experience in the community as successful as possible.
A Proven 5-level Model
The participants will initially be screened for vocational readiness and areas of need will be determined. Once these areas of need are established the student will enter the program at the level/model most appropriate for him/her. The purpose of the program is to help participants navigate their way in a work environment with appropriate skills and strategies to help them succeed.