The Big Picture
An estimated 50,000 Americans with autism will turn 18 each year as part of a surge of children diagnosed in the 1990’s. Of these 50,000 Americans, a significant number have graduated from high school with average to above average GPA’s. These individuals have a desire to get a job, dream of attending college and anticipate a future much like their peers. However, due to subtle deficits that often times go unnoticed, their opportunities for success are often limited, and the pathway to adulthood can be riddled with difficulties and disappointment.
As they graduate from high school, many individuals and families are faced with the daunting reality that the support system and services they once relied on during their formative years have now come to an end. Compounding this fact is the unfortunate reality of a community that is not always prepared to understand the unique talents and needs of these individuals.
The Greater Goal
As part of the Independent Living Resource Center, the mission of the Greater Expectations program is to become a catalyst for growth and opportunities for individuals ages 15 and up with high functioning autism/developmental disabilities. Using evidence-based interventions and strategies, our mission is to comprehensively understand how autism spectrum disorders (as well as other developmental disabilities) impact each individual.
Developing personalized visions and goals, identifying appropriate supports and strategies, and folding that into an individualized structured program is the starting point for each individual. Upon completion, individuals will be far better prepared to begin their exciting new career journey.
Within an environment of structure and support, our highly qualified staff facilitate:
• Skill acquisition and job completion
• Social connections and advocacy efforts
• Meaningful employment
Ultimately, each individual is set up to experience a much more fulfilling and gratifying quality of life.