What are the options for someone about to leave high school or who has recently left?
There are many options for someone on the autism spectrum once they leave school. In terms of further education and training, some young people on the autism spectrum go to university and complete tertiary degrees with some support. Others may pursue a traineeship or apprenticeship or additional vocational studies. In terms of employment, some autistic people work in open employment while others will need support through programs such as Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services to obtain suitable employment. Some young people on the spectrum may not be able to work in open employment settings and are more suited to supported employment options. The difficulty for many parents and young people is knowing which option is the most realistic and suitable pathway. Finding information about the various services and supports available can also be challenging.
A comprehensive assessment around the time of this transition can provide important information that will be helpful in making decisions. Aspect’s Diagnostic Assessment Service conducts review assessments that include a current measure of autism characteristics, learning ability and everyday living skills. This allows for a tailored profile of the young person’s strengths and weaknesses to be developed, including areas that will benefit from continued intervention into adulthood to help them achieve their potential. We are also able to provide information regarding the various supports and services available in the young person’s local areas.
Through Aspect Capable, Aspect offers mentoring, training and consultancy.
Launchpad is a free online resource Aspect created to support teenagers and young people, aged 16 and over. It covers the major topics they need to know about as they transition from school to adult life including study, work, health, social life, learning to drive, independent living and self-advocacy.
Post-School Programs - alternatives to employment
Aspect Post School Programs provide individualised, centre and community-based learning and recreational activities for individuals seeking alternatives to employment across areas within NSW, Victoria and South Australia. We are committed to providing person-centred services and supporting individuals and their families to achieve meaningful outcomes and an inclusive community.
Our knowledge and expertise in supporting people on the spectrum allows us to provide individualised services that enable greater independence and enhanced quality of life. We are committed to developing flexible services that meet individual needs and affirm the valued status of all autistic people.
- Social and communication skills training
- Independent living skills
- Pre-vocational skills
- Using public transport
- Capacity building
Health and Well-being
- Healthy cooking
- Accessing community facilities
- Accessing community events and activities
- Involvement with local community groups
- Art and craft
- Sports activities - such as football and swimming
Eligibility and funding
Aspect Post School Programs provide services to people that are leaving school throughout their adulthood. We provide services to people eligible for the following funding:
- Community Participation
- Post School Options
- Life Choices
- Stronger Together
- Day Services (block funded)
We are proactive in identifying opportunities to develop individualised packages to suit the needs and aspirations of individuals.
We are also able to offer programs on a Fee For Service arrangement.
- New South Wales
- South Australia