Transition To Adulthood Resources
Autism Ontario works to support autistic youth and their families through the transition to adulthood.
People connect with Transition Services at Autism Ontario seeking answers to questions about planning and preparing for adulthood, moving to adult services and supports, funding, post-secondary education, options for life after high school (post secondary, jobs, community involvement, etc.), and more.
Below you will find links to resources, learning materials, and content by autistic youth, their families, and professionals that may be helpful on the journey to adulthood.
Basic information about the journey to adulthood.
A list of key things to check off your ‘to do’ list through the transition journey.
A downloadable resource to help you create a system to have quick access to important documents.
Autism Ontario offers two programs for families navigating the journey from youth to adult. These include:
Journey to Adulthood Workshop
Journey to Adulthood is a 90-minute virtual presentation that introduces key topics in the transition from youth to adult. It is open to parents and caregivers of youth ages 12–18 who are in the AccessOAP program. This workshop is typically offered quarterly.
Journey to Adulthood Discussion Program
Our Journey to Adulthood Discussion Program is a six-week virtual workshop discussing key topics in the transition from youth to adult. This workshop is typically hosted for:
- Parents and caregivers of youth ages 12–15 who are attending elementary or secondary education, and
- Parents and caregivers of youth ages 16–20 who are attending secondary education.
Topics may include funding, consent capacity and legal issues, post secondary options, building community connections, employment, and advocacy. This program is typically offered in fall, winter, and spring.
Living Life to the Full is a fun and engaging eight-week course that provides people from all walks of life with effective tools to maximize their ability to manage life’s challenges. The group-oriented course is based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) which focuses on understanding how thoughts, feelings, and behaviours work together to impact well-being. Each 90-minute session focuses on a different topic, such as understanding unhelpful thoughts, engaging in enjoyable activities, coping with anger and solving daunting problems.
This program offers free opportunities for Ontario adults on the spectrum and caregivers of individuals on the spectrum to learn wellness and coping skills.
Finding meaningful work is important. At Autism Ontario, we believe that everyone has the right to dignified and respectful careers, in environments that foster growth and lifelong satisfaction. Autistic adults and youth deserve this dignity and respect. Autism Career Connections is an online workshop that helps both job seekers on the autism spectrum and employers create safe and healthy workplaces.
Using a modular approach, employers and HR professionals will learn how to design inclusive working environments, adopt unbiased hiring practices, and foster success within the autistic community. Job seekers can look forward to employment preparedness programs. You will learn about your strengths, how to write a resume, expand your interview skills, and discover where to find work.
Autism Career Connections is free, online, and on-demand.
Contact us at email@example.com or connect with us at 1-800-472-7789 ext. 230.
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