What Does Waterloo-Wellington Region Most Need
For Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders?
have concerns and ideas about this question (and the questions below),
invited to a discussion in Guelph on Sunday, April 2, 2-4pm, at
Park, at 5420 Highway 6 North.
- Should we support and advocate for total service for a few, or some level of support for many or most adults with autism?
- Should our efforts be focused on the most vulnerable adults with complex needs, or should they be diffused all over the spectrum?
- Do we recognize only funded and staffed models of service, or do we plan supports for the continuing involvement by family and friends in the lives of many adults with autism, including some with severe challenges?
- Is it possible to choose only one model of “best practice”, or do we recognize the wide range of combinations of abilities and challenges in our adults with autism?
- If we can’t achieve everything for everybody, what can we do that will improve the quality of life for the greatest number?
- How can
autism advocacy organizations like Autism Society
- How does our advocacy for adults with autism fit with the general trends in advocacy for others with social, communication and developmental challenges How helpful is it to plan within the context of person-centred planning and self-determination, individualized funding, and collaborative efforts between informal supports (family, friends and community) and formal funded agencies.
a) What agencies now offer or might be able to provide (Nancy Cherry has produced some wonderful charts and lists for Waterloo Region, and we have equivalent information for Guelph-Wellington)
supports designed for and with the person (charts and lists for
3. If we can't do everything all at once, what specific innovations could start to improve quality of life for adults with ASD? We suggest that these two innovations would be cost-effective, to start with:
a) Brokerage/co-ordination of supports for to support person-centred planning and funding
b) Autism support centre in our region
Discussion of how these innovations could help with situations (based on real people) that we sketch at this link: