Community Engagement & College Navigation
For adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Transitions Centers offer three different programs, each aimed in improving a Member’s success in the community. This is a new initiative through the Department of Developmental Services. Each Member will be matched with a “Coach” who will assist each Member to develop strategies to negotiate barriers to getting more actively involved in the community. These three services include:
In Pre-Engagement, our Coach works with Members in severe social isolation. This Member either lives at home or independently and the focus is on engagement, building rapport with the Member and working on overcoming any barriers that may be restricting a member from having better relationships and community involvement.
In coaching, our Coach is working on the development of strategies and plans that may be difficult for the Member to do alone. Some areas that may be worked on are goals like improving social skills, attending community college, building meaningful relationships with family and friends and living independently.
This is provided to assist college students navigate campus resources, social situations and issues surrounding college life. This service is primarily offered on campus as well as virtually. This is not tutoring or academic support, but this support will assist in making the college experience a more meaningful one for the student.
Transitions Centers will work closely with Department of Developmental Services offices throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to provide these supports to eligible Members. Referrals for this program is to be made through a Members DDS Service Coordinator.