The transition to adulthood and the community beyond high school can present many challenges for autistic individuals and their families. Starting the transition planning process early can help maximize the potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life.
Thoughtful planning, creative thinking and open communication can result in a solid plan that ensures a seamless transition from school to the adult world. A good transition plan highlights priority needs and interests, includes both short and long-term goals, and identifies an action plan with the supports that will be necessary to achieve these goals.
Launch currently offers three programs designed to help individuals, parents and professionals with transition planning:
Launch + Skills offers individualized transition planning plus skill development for autistic or neurodiverse individuals interested in continuing their education, getting a job and/or building their independent living skills.
Launch into Life! Workshops offer individuals, parents and professionals a chance to connect, develop goals and learn about community resources.
Launch Online offers free online training modules that help individuals and families get started on creating a plan for the transition to adulthood.
NEW – Launch into Life! QuickStart Planning Tool
Launch Resource Guide
The Launch Resource Guide provides parents of adolescent children on the autism spectrum with information and resources to help with the transition between adolescence and adulthood.
The guide provides information about 5 important life domains, resources and transition planning timelines.
- Health & Well-Being
- Education & Employment
- Communication & Social Relationships
- Independent Living Skills & Self-Advocacy
- Legal & Financial Issues
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Launch Online contains five short modules, which you can complete at your own pace and in any order. As you work through these modules, you can track your progress in your own personalized and printable Launch Workbook. The Launch Resource Guide is also available here to download and print.
Individuals, parents, professionals and others focused on planning for adult life.
- Creating a vision for the future
- Understanding and preparing for key transitions across the lifespan
- Navigating the change from pediatric to adult health and other services
- Managing health and mental health issues
- Finding social and recreational programs in the community
- Developing life and vocational skills
- Exploring volunteer and work opportunities
- Understanding housing and support program options in adulthood
- Legal and financial issues including guardianship and program funding
Launch + Skills is for individuals aged 15 years and older, who identify as autistic or neurodiverse, and:
- Are interested in continuing their education, getting a job, and/or building their independent living skills, and;
- Are not likely to be eligible for adult program funding through Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD).
Call 403.210.5000 to set up an appointment with one of our Resource Centre Ambassadors.
The individual will meet with an Ambassador to talk about priority needs and interests. If appropriate, the Ambassador will refer you to the Launch + Skills Program Coordinator.
If referred, the Program Coordinator will contact you to set up an intake meeting for Launch + Skills. Through discussion and completing questionnaires, we will develop an action plan with specific goals for both the individual and their parent(s).
Based on the Intake Meeting, your individualized Launch + Skills program may include:
- Individual goal-directed learning sessions with a Skills Coach
- Planning and progress review meetings
- Information sessions for parents
- Connection with participant-driven social groups to meet new people, try new activities, and build social networks
Once you have completed all Coaching sessions included in the package you may have the option to purchase additional sessions that maintain your access to:
- Individualized learning sessions with a Skills Coach
- Progress review and planning meetings.
Once you have completed the Launch + Skills program, you are able to continue to receive information about our programs and services and can contact us anytime with questions or for additional support.
NOTE: Please contact us to ask about our bursaries to cover the cost of the program.
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