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 shown 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.