Launch Program Benefits
Transitioning into adulthood and the community beyond high school can be challenging for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
Comprehensive transition planning can help to manage the challenges during this time and maximize the potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life.
The Launch Program at the Ability Hub was developed to assist families in preparing for and responding to key life transitions and to help guide the journey from adolescence to adulthood.
Being a Launch participant means working as a team to answer three questions:
Question 1 – Where are we now? (Assessment)
Part of developing a good transition plan involves knowing how your child is functioning across all five Launch domains (health and well-being, education and employment, communication and social relationships, independent living skills and self-advocacy and legal and financial issues).
The Launch Team will help you to understand individual skills and abilities, determine which career opportunities would be most suited and enjoyable, and help define the amount of assistance that may be needed.
Question 2 – Where do we want to go? (Goal Setting)
Once you have a good idea of the skills your child has, we will work together to build an Individualized Transition Plan that outlines key goals that need to be achieved to reflect the future everyone is aspiring to. If certain skills need development, such as effective communication, time management, work experience, health advocacy, transportation and community navigation, now is the time to create a strategy to develop these skills.
Question 3 – How do we get there? (Implementation)
Putting the transition plan into action is the most exciting step but may feel overwhelming. We will assist you with monitoring progress and identifying people or agencies to help with these goals. Obstacles may appear along the way, but we will be here to help with information, resources, program and clinical referrals, and regular check-ins.
It is important to know that plans may need to be revised or modified to accommodate changing needs, desires and skills. Tailoring the plan to fit the individual is part of the process and will ultimately lead to the greatest success in helping achieve a satisfying adult life.