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Living independently

Following years of building his independent living-skills with BeyondAutism, Post-19 student Adam has received the keys to his own flat!

Adam loves his independence and being able to do things for himself. Because of this, he was keen to move out of his family home so that he could continue to control his own life.

Building up his independence

Adam has been with the BeyondAutism community almost from the start – progressing through primary and secondary education in our schools and now attending our Post-19 service.

Over the years he has steadily built up more skills and reached a point where he is able to communicate his vocational aspirations effectively, as well as his preference for how he wants to live.

Moving out of the family home

At Post-19 we want to see autistic young adults prepared for adulthood with a skill-set that enables them to have choice and control over where and how they live. When Adam made the decision that he wanted to live independently, he and his family worked hard to achieve this, involving the joined up working of social care, the disability charity Yarrow, and BeyondAutism.

“Adam’s teachers have equipped Adam with the vital independence skills he needed over the years,” says Adam’s mother. “They were thoroughly involved every step of the way to plan his transition into his new flat and adult life.”

The difference it's making

Living independently, local to his family but in his own environment is incredibly important to Adam. He is supported by care staff, who help facilitate his choices and ensure he remains in control of how he wants to live. This has been made possible by ensuring Adam is able to communicate with those around him – particularly around his needs and desires. He continues to improve his communication, and develop his independent living skills, to further reduce the amount of care support required and ensure his life continues to flourish.

Adam’s journey shows how specific teaching methods, alongside determined individuals and joined-up agency working, can be successful in achieving the right outcomes for autistic young adults.

“2018 was a successful year for Adam,” says Adam’s mother, “having moved into his new flat and taken a huge leap towards living independently.”

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