Entering into adulthood can be a confusing thing, especially for autistic individuals. Whether you are transitioning from children’s services or just got a new diagnosis as an adult, navigating the system and exploring available options can be overwhelming.
“At first, it feels like you have so much to learn and so little time to learn it. There is so much information out there about autism. It can be difficult to know what information applies to and is helpful for you.” —Jake Anthony, Program Ambassador, AutismBC.
We have listened to our members and understand that it’s not easy to access adult supports and services, so we have compiled a list of helpful resources and divided them into three frequently requested topics: diagnosis, employment and volunteering, and housing.
If you’re looking for an adult assessment, you will, unfortunately, need to find a private assessment. Our ASD Diagnosis for Adults blog is full of great, up-to-date resources.
Once you have your diagnosis, there might be funding options available to you. You can learn more about those here.
Employment and Volunteering
Employment seekers on the autism spectrum have a variety of programs to help them find a rewarding position. These are some of our favourites:
Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is a national partnership of Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA), and their member organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada and active in 20 communities across the country, RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (2015).” Check out our AutismBC Talks with Sarah Armstrong from Canucks Autism Network regarding the RWA program