Transitional Aged Youth – Foundations
Kerry’s Place Autism Services offers support for individuals between the ages of 17 and 25 years old who will be leaving school soon or have left school and currently have no supports in place. Foundations is an initiative to support people living with a diagnosis of P.D.D./Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome, who are making the transition from high school or post secondary school to adult life. Individuals with such a diagnosis may require some support in planning and implementing their life choices including employment, volunteering, continuing education and social/recreation choices with the goal of independence in these activities.
Support in planning life choices will involve the development of a Person Centered Plan (PCP), an individually developed guide of the person’s wants, goals and needs plus the steps required to attain these. In developing the PCP, the person’s interests, education, skills, abilities and talents will be taken into consideration. The person’s needs, challenges and the vocational, recreational or educational realities will also be considered.
To help the person implement their life choices, we will provide individualized support in planning, skills building and making connections within the community. Education and support can be offered to employers and recreation providers. Depending on the situation, this education and support may be of a general nature about P.D.D/Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome or specific support information and training about the individual.
The supports offered by Foundations are based upon personal need and can fluctuate over time, but is limited to a three year span in communities throughout the Central East region.