Vocational training focuses on the practical application of skills learned. This approach helps bridge the gap between individuals with autism and the working world. Clients will develop core skills while exploring their interests and unique abilities.
The Adult Autism Center helps clients better understand their strengths and interests in relation to the available job market.
Nearly 42 percent of young adults on the autism spectrum do not work for pay during their early 20s. In most cases, individuals with autism experience a delayed launch into the workplace. Those who do work typically work low-wage, part-time jobs.
The goal of our vocational training program is to teach clients specific skills related to getting and maintaining internship or employment. The skills taught will be individualized based on the interests and opportunities available to each client. Skills taught will include applying, interviewing, social relationships with co-workers, how to handle disagreements, how to respond to feedback and job-specific skills.
Besides supporting individuals on the journey towards employment, the vocational training program also encourages greater independence, self-determination, positive mental health, and a higher quality of life. For some, making more money may be their goal, whereas others may be interested in meeting other people in their field of interest. Regardless of each individual’s unique goals, the Adult Autism Center supports self-advocacy.
Instruction is individualized for the clients based on ability. Just some areas that our clients show interested in include mechanics, skilled crafts, business, food service, healthcare, and computer-related jobs.
Clients will be systematically taught vocational skills. Communication and life skills are also of great importance.
Our web-based curriculum is utilized to teach vocational skills as well.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact the Adult Autism Center team. To enroll in this program, individuals with autism and their family members/caregivers are also encouraged to fill out our referral form. This allows the Adult Autism Center to learn more about the unique needs of you or your loved one.
All clients will be assessed formally and informally to determine their level of academic learning. Clients will all be assessed with a skills assessment in our web-based curriculum. After completing the assessment, appropriate programs are generated and can be selected to work on individualized goals.
The vocational training program is based on each client's skills and abilities. We will collect baseline data about their ability levels and independence in completing the various vocational skills to determine their individual skill level. This will help determine goals and curriculum.
At the Adult Autism Center, our person-centered approach is critical in terms of delivering a successful vocational training program. Custom training plans are created to ensure the best possible results.
Client progress will be monitored and measured based on increased independence in their ability to complete tasks. Some individuals strive towards self-employment, whereas others work towards supported employment opportunities. The ultimate goal is to help each individual reach their full potential.