April 30 marked the end of Autism Awareness Month and the beginning of new hope for parents of young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Watkins VITAL Care Program introduced its new day program to families and community leaders in a kick-off mixer that was enjoyed by all who attended.
As young adults with autism and other cognitive disabilities graduate out of the school system at age 22, their parents find themselves asking “What now?” Described as “falling of a cliff” when the child graduates from high school, parents and caregivers struggle to find a day program for their adult child with moderate-to-severe autism, many of whom have limited communication skills and significant behavioral challenges.
“Continued learning and a life with purpose and dignity does not need to end when adults with autism age out of the school system,” said founder Dr. Alicia Elliott. “This program is designed for families who want their adult child to do more than just daily outings. We believe in education after graduation. There is so much more for them to learn, experience and enjoy in life. An enriching, continuous learning environment is what they deserve.”
To learn more about Watkins VITAL Care Program or to make a donation, visit www.watkinsvitalcare.org.