Sunday, October 4, 2009

Transitions and Growing Up With Asperger Syndrome

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 - 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,


  1. Great post, Mary. Your journey will help so many others.

    Sitka gave you an award for Godly Graffitti. Please stop by and pick it up.

    Love ya, andrea

  2. Congratulations to your son sister Mary! That is awesome that help for his goal is available right away! And you're right, reactivating his blog I'm sure will inspire a lot of younger generation, his age, especially at this tough economic times.

    God bless you sister and your family! Your blog looks nice!!!!!Have a great week ahead! Love you in Christ. ~rosel

  3. Congratulations on this great news Mary! I bet you are so proud of him and I can imagine so is he. Thank you so much for sharing all this great news and inspiration with all of us.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat