Launch Into Life!

  • The transition into adulthood, and the community beyond high school, can present many challenges to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Comprehensive transition planning can help to manage the challenges during this time and maximize the potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life.

    The Launch Program was developed by the Ability Hub to help families prepare for and respond to key life transitions, and to guide the journey from adolescence to adulthood. By providing concrete ways to develop a realistic transition plan, this program helps individuals and their caregivers prepare for the best possible life both during and after the school years.

    While the thought of your son or daughter leaving school or getting ready to live away from home may seem overwhelming, starting early will allow you to take smaller, more manageable steps and help reach your goals successfully and with less stress.

    This workshop series helps families create an Individualized Transition Plan for their child and provides valuable information about the following topics:

    • Understanding and preparing for key transitions across the lifespan
    • Managing health and mental health issues
    • Navigating the change from pediatric to adult health and support care systems
    • Finding the right social and recreational programs in the community
    • Creating a shared vision for your child’s future
    • Developing life and vocational skills
    • Exploring volunteer and work opportunities
    • Understanding housing and supportive programming options in adulthood
    • Legal and Financial issues including guardianship and program funding

    What is Transition Planning?

    Transition planning is a process that uncovers, develops and documents the skills, challenges, goals and tasks that will be important for moving through school, leaving school and entering the adult world. It is a collaborative process that requires cooperation between the individual, family, teachers, community members and adult service providers where the goal is to explore what is possible, what some of the challenges ahead might be, and what strategies are needed to achieve success.

    Thoughtful planning, good information and open communication can result in a solid plan that leads to success and ensures seamless transition during the school years and beyond. A good transition plan is specific to the interests, abilities and desires of the individual, includes both long and short-term goals, and identifies the supports that will be necessary to achieve these goals.

    Who should attend?

    Families and young people living with ASD (age 13+), and other related developmental disabilities, who are able to participate in identifying goals and creating a vision for their future.

    View the event listing for upcoming Launch Into Life workshops.

    If you have questions about this program please email or call 1-888-437-0880.

    About the Program Developer: Katelyn Lowe, Ph.D., R. Psych.

    Katelyn is a Registered Psychologist and the Chief Strategy Officer for the Sinneave Family Foundation.  Since 2008 Katelyn has been involved in the development and delivery of several key initiatives including the Launch Program, PEERS and Worktopia.  She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary and involved in a number of research projects translating new knowledge and technologies in developmental neurosciences into autism programming, clinical training and service delivery.  She specializes in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  Her work at the Foundation focuses on transition planning for adolescents and adults with autism across the lifespan.