Our son has graduated from the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center's Work Readiness Program with a Certificate in Materials Management (just like a certificate from the community college) . He far exceeded the expectations of the program and we are thrilled for him! We are doubly blessed because before he even graduated we received a call from his local case worker that he was eligible to participate in a 1-year grant program through a collaboration of VCU and Dept. of Rehab. Services!
He has been assigned a job coach who has already met with all of us and then with him once individually. We emailed her the resume we had developed and she combined that information with his experience and training over the past 9 months through his program at Woodrow Wilson.
On Monday they will meet again and she will assist him in completing on-line applications for jobs she has already identified. She will also conduct mock interviews with him and even attend interviews if he desires.
Since he's back home, I'm needing to get busy finally and help him find ways to transition from high school, to young adulthood. He is struggling, but knows it it important. I'm going to suggest he reactivate the blog he started in high school and share his journey as a way to process and also to help other older teens and young adults navigating the waters of this challenging life transition.
I've shared here some resources I have explored in the past and will revisit in the weeks ahead. I hope this information is beneficial. Please feel free to leave a comment regarding both on-line and print resources as well as any local groups you know of. (Please indicate your City)
Asperger's Syndrome Resources - Great list of websites and books
Wrong Planet.net - the only social networking site for individuals (and their parents) on the Autism spectrum.
Autism Society of America - News, headlines and resources for "all things Autism"
Autism Speaks - Information about Autism, activities for raising awareness (and money), advocating for individuals with Autism
Autistic and Healthy - Education, nutrition, studies, resources and consulting
Local Member in the News - A local (Richmond, VA) member of Autism Speaks shares his story
New Theories of Autism/Asperger Syndrome - New York Times article about some ground-breaking research and news.
Blessings on your journey,