Our NeuroVersity team offers educational opportunities focused on technology and 3D design for youth and young adults primarily between the ages of 12 and 22 (junior high school, high school, and early post-secondary years). We are offering workshops this summer in Salt Lake City (UT) and in the Boulder/Longmont (CO) area.
We believe that that transition years are an important life stage for individuals with autism. This is the time to expand vocational exploration, cultivate strengths, and to share experiences about success.
NeuroVersity focuses on personal development (e.g., mastery, competencies), social engagement, and vocational readiness in our workshops and summer camps. Our primary focus is on 3D design software (SketchUp) and other software products that tap into visual-spatial skills for students with autism.
In this blog, we share with you, resources and materials related to the transition to adulthood (and beyond).
Book of Interest
Autism Adulthood by Susan Senator (2016)
From Kirkus Review:
A wide-ranging memoir and guide to autism in adulthood. There are numerous books about caring for children with autism, but the resources about adulthood autism are not as common. The decisions become difficult in new ways: should the adult live with parents or in a residential support home? How do you address the feeling of abandonment, that you’re essentially handing over control of his well-being to strangers, often underpaid and all too frequently willing to do the bare minimum to avoid losing their jobs? Senator doesn’t attempt to completely untangle the laws, guidelines, and treatment options, but she uses her own story—the author’s son, Nat, has autism and has recently reached adulthood—to offer qualitative insights about navigating the social service systems. The author writes openly about a diverse variety of experiences—e.g., entrusting guardianship to a sibling in the case of a parent’s death; the common struggles of adulthood as experienced through the lens of autism; finding the best possible option for a place a child can call his own and doing so in a way that empowers him to be successful when he leaves the care of his parents.
Autism After 16 (http://www.autismafter16.com/)
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (http://www.afaa-us.org/about)