The Center for Independence at CCSN offers expert consultation to young adults, families, schools, adult service agencies, 18-21 programs, and transition academies, to prepare individuals with ASD to live more independent and productive lives.
Research has proven that individuals on the autism spectrum can achieve greater independence, professional success, and a better quality of life if they are provided with effective training, intervention, and support during their young adult years.
Starting in middle school, families, school based teams, and community providers need to increase their efforts to prepare individuals for the challenges of adulthood.
Usually, agencies have a set template they use when working with clients with intellectual disabilities or complex psychiatric disorders. However, this rigid approach can cause more problems than they solve. The Center for Independence at CCSN understands that individuals with autism need a specialized approach to achieve full independence.
The Center for Independence at CCSN recognizes how it impacts development and behaviors. Unlike individuals with intellectual disabilities or chronic mental illness, adults with autism can learn new skills and become increasingly independent throughout their adult years.
The goal for most individuals should be sustaining competitive employment, living on their own (with minimal assistance), and participating in regular social activities. These goals require an active approach which sets goals and builds competencies, while identifying obstacles and ways to over come them, rather than reducing demands, building in long term supports, and preventing regression.