HIGH SCHOOL TO LIFE TRANSITION PROGRAM

NEARLY 60,000 AUTISTICS TURN 18 EACH YEAR

Are you prepared for life after high school?

PROGRAM BASICS

This transition program is still being assembled. finalized and tweaked.  In the coming days, there will be more information available as everything is ready to go.  If you would like information about when everything is ready, use the sign-up box below and we will let you know the moment we’re ready. 

For now here are some of the basics.  One thing to emphasize is that this is NOT  a one-size fits all type of program.  When I say that “We” will work together, I mean that.  I want to get to know the person transitioning so that I can emphasize heavily what they need and give a quick refresher course on the things we already know.  I need honest feedback from you, even if sometimes it may hurt.

All parts work together as we get the person ready to be a contributing member of society who can do their best to learn how to form relationships with neurotypicals.  

Social

  Accepting who we are & looking at our strengths/weaknesses

Learning how to understand the neurotypical

facial expressions

body language

sarcasm

hygiene

personal space

taking an interest in others

Constructive ways to deal with anger

Plus much more

Figuring Out the Future

Let’s be honest and say that as smart as many of us are, college is NOT the best bath for all of us. Yes, there are accommodations that can now be made at local if you’re willing to identify as on the spectrum, but they may not be enough for many of us.

College is one thing to look at. but what’s really important is to look at the person transitioning and listen to what they have to say.  Some of us are gifted in many ways, often with our hands and the ability to look at things, such as plans and see what needs to happen.  If that sounds like your student, then possibly a trade school would be beneficial.  I can’t tell you the number of people I knew when I was living in California who were plumbers, carpenters and electricians and they were out earning those with Masters degrees.

Depending on their special interests and skills, an internship or apprenticeship could work out well.  Many of us on the spectrum. myself included work from home.  

 

If you want to know when the HIGH SCHOOL TO LIFE TRANSITION PROGRAM officially launches, please leave your email in the box below and you will be notified when we’re ready to go.  Not Weird Just Autistic promises not to spam you.  Spam bugs me and I would never do it to others.

The Harsh Reality of Turning 18

Yes, as you grow older, your options within the system become limited.  Money that was there when your child was younger, simply isn’t here for them now and that’s both sad and wrong.  Every day another few hundred of us turn eighteen and look ahead to a life they’re woefully unprepared for.

I say us because as the Founder and Head Nerd In Charge of Not Weird Just Autistic, I’m on the spectrum.  My life was very different than yours because it was ten years after I was out of high school before they started talking about autism in young school-age kids.  

I was in my early thirties before they started talking about it in high school and college-age kids and finally seven years ago, at age forty-six, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  But enough about me.

I thought school life for kids on the spectrum would be awesome these days.  We knew so much more about it than we did when I was in school and the schools were well prepared for the special challenges we present.  Then I started dating the mother of a very out of control autistic tween and that’s when I realized that nothing really changed.

In California, some parents are suing the school districts just to have the contents of their student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) completed.  Some families have gone years at a time with their children not receiving the promised weekly or daily therapy of some sorts.  Years?  That’s just wrong.

In Missouri, where I now live. districts are sticking gifted students with off the chart IQs in special education where. according to school officials, they get labeled as “Sped Kids.”  Lovely.

The reason they’re stuck in special ed is that, like many of us on the spectrum, while we excel at several classes, there are a couple that we simply do not get.  Because the student is deficient in those classes and because the teachers in the regular classes don’t like all the questions that may come from a student on the spectrum, they’re stuck in special ed.

What happens to their self-esteem of these students when they’re lumped in with the students who truly need special education classes?  How do they feel when they walk down the hall and someone who doesn’t have any sense, yells, “Hey sped kid…”

I’ll tell you what happened to me.  Years in two Christian schools and having teachers call me “weird, stupid.” and, “lazy,” dropped my self-esteem in the toilet.  At age fifty-three I still flush it out every once in a while.  These scars remain with the students.

My focus is on the high school student, college student, young adult and adult that needs help in some way to transition from where they are now to where they need to be.

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