Learn more about the Launch + Skills program and whether it might be right for you by opening the information tabs below:
Launch + Skills is an individualized skills coaching program designed to help autistic individuals who are ready to pursue goals in employment, education, or living independently in the community. Whether you are a teenager transitioning to adulthood, or you are already an adult, Launch + Skills was developed as an intensive program to help you learn the skills you need to achieve your goals.
The program is designed for Albertans:
15 years or older,
who identify as being on the autism spectrum,
who are unlikely to be eligible for adult program funding through Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD; Government of Alberta), and
who are looking for a job, to continue your education, or to live independently in the community within the next year.
When you begin the Launch + Skills program, you will be paired with a Life Skills Coach who will work with you to develop goals that are in line with what matters to you, and then establish steps to help you meet those goals.
Some goals may be accomplished in a single meeting while others may take more time. You will likely meet with your coach once per week and will track your progress together. When you’ve accomplished the goals you’ve set, you’ll receive a graduation report detailing your success and anything important you learned about yourself and the supports you need.
Skills coaching sessions are offered in-person, in a hybrid format, and in some select cases a fully virtual option may be suitable. Each skills coaching session is about 60 minutes in length. We aim for skills coaching sessions to be scheduled once per week or once every two weeks. During the weekly sessions, you and your skills coach will develop goals for the session and the two of you may practice new skills together. Over the course of each week you will continue practicing new skills on your own. The following week you will share with your Skills Coach how your previous week has gone and together you will set new goals.
Please Note: For those living outside the Calgary area (in Alberta), your goals will help determine the suitability of participating in the program using a fully virtual format.
Once your individualized program completes, your Skills Coach will meet with you to summarize everything you have worked on and achieved. They will recommend the next steps for your learning, as well as offer referrals to any other community resources that you may be interested in exploring.
If you are ready to pursue a goal in Employment, Education or Living Independently in the community within the next year, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how the Launch + Skills program may help you.
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