Our mission is to help adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) transition into adulthood by teaching them the life skills necessary to achieve and maintain independence.
Research suggests a strong correlation between self-determination and positive social and behavioral outcomes, regardless of the individual's disability (Carter et al., 2009). However, for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the process of developing self-determination is more challenging because the characteristics of ASD include impaired executive functions (Chou et al., 2017). As a result, many young adults with ASD prefer strict routines and feel discomfort in unfamiliar situations. These preferences often result in significant reliance on caregivers to get through a typical day's routines and events. Although beneficial in the short-term, research shows that dependence on caregivers limits the development of self-determination and contributes to the low rate of employment, independent living, and financial outcomes (Wehmeyer & Palmer, 2003).
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