Our project is a joint venture between the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at McGill University. Our goals are to (1) provide a transition service for young adults on the autism spectrum who often have very little access to the support they need after leaving the school system, (2) to raise awareness of this need with policy makers, and (3) bring together stakeholders who are committed to this cause.
Our program focuses on communication, self-determination and teamwork skills and aims to increase participantsí quality of life and social inclusion over the long-term. It is aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds with any Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), without intellectual disability, who can communicate in English. It has a small-group format (4-6 participants with ASD with 2 facilitators).
A unique feature of the program is that we start by asking participants what their needs are and adapt the curriculum according to the groupís needs. Each group meets weekly over a 10-week period. We are also conducting a research study to evaluate our programís effectiveness; participation involves 2 additional visits before the group sessions and 1 visit afterwards.
We conducted a pilot session of the group-format service in Summer 2012 and will be enrolling participants for groups running from Spring 2013 -2015. Please contact us if you would like more information or would be like to be put on the waiting list for future groups!
On Friday November 23rd 2012 we will be holding a stakeholder conference in Montreal (with a streaming web conference available via this site) to engage community members and policy makers in spreading awareness about the need for services for young adults with ASD. We will share results from the pilot session of our program and look forward to input from the community. Click here to go to view a webcast of our conference: http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/Viewer3/?EventID=201211155029
We have put together resource lists with information on books, websites, and local resources in the Montreal area of relevance to adults with autism spectrum disorders. We hope you find these useful.