After High School What Comes Next?

The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability and Strafford Learning Center are collaborating on a project to assist high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families to plan for the transition to adult life.

The Project is called Family-Centered Transition Planning. High school students age 16 and above diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible to participate.

where_are_we_going_2Participants receive the following:

  1. Training sessions, where families learn practical strategies for person-centered planning, networking, and utilizing a variety of adult service options and resources to design and work towards a positive future beyond high school.
  1. Individual planning meetings to develop post-high-school goals, held at the convenience of each student and family, with a project planning facilitator. These meetings result in a family-centered plan with specific goals and an implementation plan. Other family members, friends, and community resource people may participate in one or more meetings as called for by the student and family. The facilitators will also meet with the student as needed to help prepare for his/her participation.
  1. Ongoing assistance from a planning facilitator over a 6 – 8 month period to work on plan implementation, explore careers or post-secondary education options, and/or arrange paid or unpaid work experiences.

 

To help measure the effectiveness of these services, participants complete brief surveys upon enrollment and after 12 months.

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For more information about the project, contact:

 

Heidi Cloutier

Planning Facilitator

228-2084 ext. 41

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University of New Hampshire

Institute on Disability

56 Old Suncook Rd., Suite 2

Concord NH 03301

 

 

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Heidi Wyman

Project Coordinator

692-4411 ext. 41

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Strafford Learning Center

317 Main Street

Somersworth, NH 03878

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