Empower Autism

Advanced Life Skills Program

About Our Advanced Life Skills Program

Our Advanced Life Skills program was created by Heidi Chapman, a proudly autistic teacher, to specifically support young, autistic adults increase their capacity for independence.  This program is designed to ensure participants have the tools and strategies they need to survive and thrive in their day to day lives through five core modules: housing essentials, succeeding in the workplace, responsible citizenship, positive relationships, and well-being. 

The program features five modules:

Who is the program for?

The program is suited to autistic young adults (ASD Level 1 or 2) who are ready to or considering living independently – from around the age of 18 to 30 years old.

Fee

This program is currently FREE for all participants.

Program format

The Advanced Life Skills program is a blended learning format with a 10-week duration. The program features two hours of face-to-face learning weekly in Brisbane, facilitated by a trainer. This face-to-face component will also be converted to an online format (i.e. Zoom or Microsoft Teams) on an ongoing basis for regional/remote locations or where COVID-19* impacts Empower Autism’s capacity to deliver the program in person. In the face-to-face learning component, the program trainer teaches participants about each topic through a series of activities and discussions.

In addition to face-to-face learning, there is one-hour of online learning for participants to complete each week to increase their depth of knowledge on the topic covered. Participants will also be encouraged to develop a peer-led study group to support their learning and enhance their sense of community.

In total, participants can expect to commit to 2-4 hours of time to the course each week.

*Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, all face-to-face components of the course will be online until further notice.

Program Modules

The program features five modules – here is a brief summary of the content covered in each module:

MODULE ONE: LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Participants will build confidence in several domains of domestic life including with your household, chores, budgeting for your household, and tenancy agreements.

MODULE TWO: SUCCEEDING IN THE WORKPLACE

Participants will grow skills to help set themselves up for success in the workplace such as resumes, responsibilities at work, and the strengths of autistic people in the workplace.

MODULE THREE: RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

Participants will increase their understanding of components of responsible citizenship such as voting, getting legal help, and laws and safety with alcohol consumption.

MODULE FOUR: POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Participants will build confidence in their interpersonal skills including healthy boundaries, sexual health, and meeting new people.

MODULE FIVE: WELLBEING

Participants will increase their skills and knowledge in several domains related to wellbeing such as mental health, masking, and wellbeing strategies.

MODULE ONE: LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Participants will build confidence in several domains of domestic life including with your household, chores, budgeting for your household, and tenancy agreements.

MODULE TWO: SUCCEEDING IN THE WORKPLACE

Participants will grow skills to help set themselves up for success in the workplace such as resumes, responsibilities at work, and the strengths of autistic people in the workplace.

MODULE THREE: RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

Participants will increase their understanding of components of responsible citizenship such as voting, getting legal help, and laws and safety with alcohol consumption.

MODULE FOUR: POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Participants will build confidence in their interpersonal skills including healthy boundaries, sexual health, and meeting new people.

MODULE FIVE: WELLBEING

Participants will increase their skills and knowledge in several domains related to wellbeing such as mental health, masking, and wellbeing strategies.

Program Competencies

If you complete all modules in this course, you will have the option to complete short, simple assessments to gain the competencies aligned with the program. These may be able to be credited to a future relevant vocational course.  

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Please register your interest here to join the waitlist for the next intake to our Advanced Like Skills program.

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