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Helping persons with disabilities transition from high school to the work world
When Lindsay “Drew” Miller was ready to graduate from high school, he and his mom Janet struggled to find the right daytime program. Although he is visually impaired and uses a walker, Drew is always willing to try new tasks. But it wasn’t until he joined the Greater Richmond ARC that he had the chance to develop his job skills at by answering phones; assembling boxes; and shredding paper.
Many of you have read that I turned 50 . I shared that I had a great party with family and friends and that I have a bucket list I am slowly filling. What I am focusing on now is a little more important, it holds some substance and some life lessons. I want to share them with you. Maybe one or two of them will hold true for you, maybe not. But, I am such a believer in sharing and learning from one another that I want to hope this may offer one person the moment of feeling not alone. I also want to have it written so that I can use it as a tool to reflect on when I need it.
It’s that time of the year! Apple picking ( which means Apple pie maiking) and pumpkin fun! Here are links to the picking spots in and around Richmond. Many offer more than just picking, like donuts, mazes and rides. Check out each site to get the info, times and schedule.
It will be a great family event, free and full of things to do.
Are you familiar with the options and opportunities for your child with autism as they exit public education? It’s never too early to begin learning and planning for life after high school!
Parents spend an enormous amount of time learning how to navigate the special education system so that their children can access the free and appropriate education to which they are entitled. Unfortunately, we find that families often wait until their child exits school to learn about the systems and agencies that may offer support to their child as an adult.
Transition to Adulthood with ASD: What Parents and Guardians Need to Know, developed by the VA Autism Council, is designed to provide an overview of important factors and topics to consider as individuals with ASD enter the adult world. Focus is placed on parents/guardians understanding eligibility vs. entitlement in the adult service system, planning to protect benefits, agencies and organizations that provide supports to adults with ASD, and the variety of options to consider in planning. Topics include:
age of majority
disability benefits and planning
post-secondary readiness, education, and training
housing and residential supports
life in the community
This FREE six-hour workshop takes place over 3 nights (Nov. 1, 8, 15), 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each night; participants must attend all 3 sessions. Preregistration is required; details and registration may be found here: https://transition-to-adulthoood-asd.eventbrite.com
Did you know that some airlines will accommodate for Special Needs travelers? Some of the websites will show accommodations for those with physical disabilities, some also state Autism,but, I have found that when you call, all special needs can be requested and that each airline may offer steps to help.
Join us Friday evening, October 7 at 7pm for this free workshop on how assistive technology can address the needs of individuals with ASD across the spectrum and across the lifespan!