Program Overview

Potential clients are identified through collaboration with area high schools, vocational rehabilitation agencies and other adult service providers.  Autumn’s Dawn reviews assessment provided by the schools and other agencies and conducts additional assessment as needed to determine eligibility for services.  Each potential client and individuals from their support system meet with personnel from Autumn’s Dawn to participate in an evidence based person centered planning process.  This systematic assessment process narrows the focus areas for transition, generates personal goals and creates an action plan for implementation.  Once accepted into the program, Autumn’s Dawn offers direct instruction and support in the identified areas to assist individuals in reaching their potential to live full, independent lives.

Areas of Focus:

Skills of Social Interaction

We champion the idea that young adults with disabilities can attain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and maintain appropriate personal relationships, as well as, identify and access community resources and programs that match his/her personal interests.

Possible ares of need and instruction provided:

  • conversation skills
  • politely interrupting and changing topics
  • perspective taking
  • nonverbal/body language
  • friendship skills
  • dating and relationships

Self Determination/Self Advocacy Skills

We champion the idea that young adults with disabilities can attain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and maintain appropriate personal relationships, as well as, identify and access community resources and programs that match his/her personal interests.

Possible areas of need and instruction provided: 

  • identifying personal interests, strengths, and weaknesses
  • communication skills
  • discerning between wants and needs
  • advocating for needs and desires
  • identifying a system of support
  • goal setting and accomplishment

Career/Employment Skills

We champion the idea that young adults with disabilities can obtain and maintain gainful employment.

Possible areas of need and instruction provided: 

  • resume writing
  • job searching and interview skills
  • conflict resolution and interpersonal skills
  • on the job coaching
  • establishing natural supports within the job site

Adult/Independent Living Skills

We champion the idea that young adults with disabilities can secure and apartment or housing situation in which they can live independently with minimal support.

Possible areas of need and instruction provided: 

  • personal grooming skills
  • personal and household safety
  • meal planning and preparation
  • household chores
  • budgeting
  • time management
  • locating and obtaining housing

Recreation/Leisure Skills

We champion the idea that young adults with disabilities can independently choose and participate in leisure activities that produce a sense of fulfillment, enjoyment, and well-being and contribute to an enhanced quality of life.

Possible areas of need and instruction provided: 

  • surveying interests and hobbies
  • planning, carrying-out, and evaluating recreation/leisure activities
  • engaging in community activities

Lifelong Learning/Continuing Education

We champion the idea that young adults with disabilities can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue areas of interest in order to continue personal and professional growth.

Possible areas of need and instruction provided: 

  • compensatory/functional academic skills
  • executive functioning skills (including time management, study skills, and organizational skills)
  • technology
  • disability disclosure