The journey through autism doesn’t end when your child becomes an adult. At this stage of life, it’s time to make sure your child has what they need to live an independent, fulfilling life.
It’s normal to feel like you’re running out of time to prepare, but don’t worry. Your child is still eligible to receive services from DDS and their school system until they turn 22, so you can still meet with their teachers and providers to make sure their social and medical needs are being met.
Once your child turns 18, they can also participate in any of our workshops or employment trainings geared specifically towards adults with autism. Check out what we offer at the Center and through our parent organization, HMEA.
Finally, who says you still can’t have fun with your child? Check out what we offer for families with adult children below.
Family Fun for Teens and Young Adults
Are you up for a trip to the movies? How about a bowling night? For families with teens who have autism, we offer monthly community outings to give them an opportunity to socialize in a supportive environment. Teens who participate have input into the activities planned.
Vacation Family Fun Days
During school vacations in December, February and April, we offer events to help fill the unstructured days that vacations create. These activities are open to children with ASD and siblings accompanied by a parent. Events are located in the communities across the region and are offered at a nominal cost.
We believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to providing autistic children with access to the treatments and activities in need. For families in need, HMEA’s Autism Resource Central can provide a limited number of hardship grants to cover the costs of activities. Please contact Kris Carigilia for more information.