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1 Providing clinical, case management, education, and employment services to help students live independent lives. An Academy for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, and other Executive Functioning Deficits.

2 “Options for Adults with Asperger's, Autism, or Learning Disabilities” WHAT THE #$%^ DO WE DO NOW?


4  Will my child ever live on their own?  Will my child ever have a job?  Will my child ever live a “normal” life?  What will happen to my child when I die? PARENTS OFTEN WONDER:

5 LEARNING OUTCOMES 1-1- Learn how to make a transitional plan. 2-2- Identify transitional services that are available. 3-3- Understand the basics of government services. 4-4- Guidelines for looking at residential programs 5-5- Have a basic understanding of support services

6  Start by coordinating with the school on their existing transition plan.  Explore what you like to do.  Identify the skills you use when you’re doing the thing(s) you enjoy.  Think of fields broadly. A field of work is far more than a single job. It is an area in which many jobs or trades are possible.  Learn as much as possible about the qualifications required for fields that interest you.  Find people who work in your field of interest and learn from them. Research future opportunities.  Identify your obstacles. What is going to make certain opportunities difficult if not impossible to achieve.  Identify what services and support services can help you towards your goals.  Take the next step in pursuing your educational or training program in the career of your choice.  Adapted from Zvi and Axelrod: National LDA February 2013 POST-SECONDARY DECISION MAKING STEPS:

7 METHODOLOGY OF TRANSITION Achieve OutcomeSuccess Explore ResourcesTraining Start InterestAbility

8  Gap Year program  Post-Secondary Specialty School  Vocational School  Two year College  Four Year University  Apprenticeship  Part-time Job  Full-time Job  Volunteer/Leisure Activities SOME POTENTIAL OPTIONS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL INCLUDE:

9 SERVICES FOR ADULTS WITH LD, AUTISM AND ASPERGER’S Services for Adults with LD and ASD Government ServicesResidential/Day ProgramsSupport Services

10 Federal -Supplemental Security Income (SSI) -Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -Medicare -Department of Labor – “ Occupational Outlook Handbook” State/Local -Medicaid -Housing -Food stamps -State programs for uninsured adults -Vocational Rehabilitation GOVERNMENT SERVICES

11  Medicaid  A federal system of health insurance for those requiring financial assistance that is administered state by state.  Housing Assistance  Financial assistance for housing programs based on income, disability, or age. Most common examples are apartments owned by housing authorities or supplemental rent.  Food stamps  A voucher issued by the government to those with low income, exchangeable for food that is administered state by state.  State programs for uninsured  Supplemental programs for those who do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare, or are in the process of applying for social security. STATE/LOCAL SERVICES

12 SSDI VS SSI SSDISSI EligibilityA disabled or blind individual must have paid social security taxes to become insured for benefits. A disabled or blind adult or child must meet all of the following categories: -Have limited income -Have limited resources -Be a US citizen -Live in the United States PaymentThe monthly disability benefit amount is based on the social security earnings record of the insured worker. The monthly payment is based on need and varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate. Some states add money to federal SSI payments. Medical CoverageThe workers will get Medicare coverage automatically. In most states, beneficiaries are automatically eligible for Medicaid.



15  Before you gather your documents you can see if you will qualify at  Gather up all documents that you have received through the years from schools, testing, and any papers that might include a diagnosis.  Apply at  Include specific examples that demonstrate their disability throughout the application. You need to paint a picture for the examiner.  Be persistent and assume you will have to go through the appeal process.  If you qualify for SSDI you will automatically receive Medicare and if you qualify for SSI you qualify for Medicaid.  US Dept. of Labor has a website that identifies job growth areas and the education required for those jobs. The web address is HELPFUL HINTS

16  Benefit applications are free.  Apply for benefits even before they are needed as certain services have long wait lists, such as housing which can have wait lists as long a year or more.  United Way 2-1-1 HELPFUL HINTS

17 For adults with LD, autism and asperger’s transitioning into adulthood can be very difficult. Residential/Day programs can help with this transition. Picking a program can be difficult. We will share a residential program model to serve as a guide for this process. RESIDENTIAL/DAY PROGRAMS

18  Employment  Education  Case management  Therapy  Social Skills Training RESIDENTIAL/DAY PROGRAM MODEL

19 Typical questions:  What services are provided?  How long is your program?  What does a typical student schedule look like?  Who is on your staff?  What needs do you address and how do you address it?  What are is the cost? Are there grants and/or scholarships?  What room arrangements are provided? And what furniture is included?  Do you provide medication administration?  What medical services are provided or are available in the area?  What programming is provided during the evening? Weekends?  What food is provided?  Do you provide social skills training? Additional questions:  How do parents best communicate with the staff?  What expectations are there for the parents?  How do staff and parents work successfully to best help the student?  What does success look like at your organization?  How do you address the individual needs of each student?  What do you do if and when your organization is not a good fit for the student?  What are some of the common challenges new students face?  How can parents help in getting the student more involved with programming? QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR A PROGRAM

20  Berkshire Hills Music Academy  Casa de Amma  Center for Independent Living  Chapel Haven  Foundations for Independent Living, Inc.  Horizon School  Independence Center  Minnesota Life College  Moving Forward Towards Independence  Options for College Success  OPTIONS Transitions to Independence  PACE  St. Louis Life  ScenicView Academy  UCLA Pathway Program  Vista SAMPLING OF ADULT RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS

21 Support services can be essential for when you are waiting for a residential program, after you’ve completed a residential program, or if you have decided a residential program is not the best fit. Support services include:  Local mental health agency  Case management  Therapy  Psychiatric services  Groups (for parents and children)  Hospitals  Research Universities  Local mental health agencies  Accessibility services if attending college  Parental trust  Long term care facility SUPPORT SERVICES

22 Local mental health agencies are typically available to those with Medicaid. These agencies often provide:  Case Management  Therapy  Clubhouses  Short term intensive residential treatment  Psychiatric services  Housing LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

23 Support groups for parents  Local groups provided through mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, and universities.  Groups started by parents  Online support groups  Autism spectrum support group   Oasis Asperger Syndrome and Information and Support   Unlocking Autism  GROUPS

24  Though the maze may be complicated there are services throughout the lifespan.  Explore several arenas to meet the needs of your loved ones.  Understanding services is important, sometimes difficult, but can make a big difference in quality of life.  It is possible to navigate and find a great residential/day program.  Solutions are as varied as each individual. SUMMARY

25 CONTACT INFORMATION Ryan Hawks, CTRS Nathan Jensen, LPC Ryan Miller, LCSW 5455 N. River Run Dr. Provo, UT 84604 Direct: 801-226-2550 Toll free: 866-723-6420

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