It is highly imperative for anybody providing social skills programs to help any adult with an Autism Spectrum Disorder like myself become the fully independent, contributing member of society. There are so many people in the world who do not fully understand the Autism Spectrum to this day. I know it is a very hard concept for a lot of people to understand. The Autism Spectrum is so variable and so different in so many ways. When I see my friends at the Adaptations program, GRASP or my ASAN meetup who are on the Autism Spectrum I find we are all similiar and also have our differences. I find the program at Adaptations needs to be changed and I think it is time for a change. This program has many people with many different disabilities not just the Autism Spectrum. Different disabilities require different attention.
I find the program at Adaptations needs to address this issue. I really liked the program last year when the two directors who left were running it, but still needed this issue addressed. The current director needs to rethink some of the things she does for the program. I wonder when the program says this is for people in their 20’s and 30’s, is there really just people in their 20’s and 30’s. I think there should be an inclusion of older ages as well. Where are all the people who are on the Autism Spectrum who are older than 40 supposed to go to for social skills? There are many people who are on the Autism Spectrum who learn social skills at different paces and when you mix them with other people with disabilities, I feel it just does not work out. There needs to be a way to help people on the Autism Spectrum like me and people with other types of disabliities so that all our needs are considered. For instance, a person on the Autism Spectrum is different than a person with a mental illness. There is even a remarkable difference when you also include a person with Down Syndrome or any other developmental disability or even just ADD/ADHD.
The world needs to think about how to handle all these different types of needs. We need to even continue to help those who are children and even help certain senior citizens with developmental disabilities.
Think about it!