Transition to Adulthood
What is the Transition to Adulthood Group?
The transition from childhood to adulthood is difficult for anyone and especially for people with ASD for whom change is destabilizing.
The Transition to Adulthood group is for young adults aged 17 – 23 who are preparing for adult life after finishing high school. The group meets once a week from September to June in the evening for 4-5 hours. Meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, handling money and learning to take the bus are important life skills taught and practiced. There is an increased focus on life skills in this group as these young adults prepare for more independent living.
Individuals in the program also have the opportunity to choose activities that are of personal interest and receive support in planning them. Social and communication skills are honed during these age-appropriate activities.
A summer camping experience is offered and typically involves 4-6 nights tent camping in a provincial park. Friendships strengthen and individuals experience success being away from home.
Staff offers families help planning for life after high school and can provide assistance with the ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) application process.
Some individuals in this program will transition to the main teaching unit at Woodview Manor, preparing for independent/semi-independent living while others may access part time adult recreational and social programs.
There is an opportunity for overnight stays and extended visits, on a fee-for-service basis, to help individuals that wish to transition to a more independent living situation. This gives them a chance to see “what it’s like”.
For More Information
To get information about adult developmental services and supports, eligibility or to make a referral, please call Developmental Services Ontario HNR at 1.877.376.4674 or visit www.dsohnr.ca.
To contact the program directly, please call 905.575.7355.