That is for everyone on the Autism spectrum that includes people who are Learning Disabled and/or “seemingly” Non-Verbal – I cannot speak for everyone because all the profiles will be different in presentations, environments and personhoods.
WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE – GIVING PEOPLE A CHANCE
How about that? Giving people a chance to be free, giving them positive and balanced opportunities, life skills, aspirations the ability to dream of things, live life to the full and be healthy in their sense of personhood and balanced in what their Autism profile is and means to them. Now I could give loads of examples here but for this blog I will not. To anybody on the spectrum, parents, carers and/or family members what do you want out of life? What will help you achieve this goal? What makes you happy?
EMPOWERMENT – SUPPORT IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING
By tapping into the person’s Autism Profile/Fruit Salad (Donna Williams 2005/2005) and how a person with Autism can learn is key, how they integrate, understand and process information (which will be vast and different for each person) this can port over nicely into employment to (support is needed in both these areas).
Housing and independence skills are nice to giving the person potential healthy ownership of their lives, meeting potential friends and partners. The key in all these situations is to have supportive, empathic and balanced people working in all three sectors and allowing the person with Autism their own sense of self, identity and personhood is so important.
HOPE & HAPPINESS
We all need laughter in our lives, humour, giggling etc. In places which are safe but at the same time are opening the person up to big the world around them – I suppose it is about getting the balance right for each person and that will be diverse in itself. 🙂
We can all get along in this world it just that we need to help each other to help each other. 🙂
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014