Aspirations for the future...
Here are a few ideas we would like to see implemented in our lifetime!
Respite housing for ASD adults. (Sometimes our families need a break from us, and sometimes we need a break from ourselves, so this respite care would include an option for otherwise independent people to receive care and have some restful time out).
Newsflash: Some progress on this will hopefully be announced in a few months!
We also need to establish Supported Living facilities for adults , especially as they become older and no longer can stay at home in the care of their parents.
Employment opportunities/training, probably, initially, in software testing as this is a model which is already proven in several countries.
Educational mentoring/tutoring/career guidance, to include younger Aspies who need extra support while at school, and guidance into the "best fit" kinds of jobs.
Powers of Attorney / legal guardian services for ASD adults whose parents or family are no longer able or willing to undertake oversight of the individual who needs this kind of support.
Our own premises as a focal point for all such Aspie and HFA support services- toll-free lines for people to access from anywhere in the country; a specialist library and bookshop, (which would include lovely stimming toys); a comfortable rest/conversation room with coffee, tea and chocolate drinks available; Aspie specialists in legal and benefit advice..etc!
We could call it... Aspie House!
This year (2014), thanks to a generous grant from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Fund, we are printing a series of giveaway information about Asperger Syndrome, Employment, the treatment of criminal offenders, and how teachers of young Aspies should regard and consider them. When the booklets are ready, we will also offer them from this website.
19.02.2011 The Aspire Trust is now registered as a Charitable Trust, CC 46192 !
28.05.13 The Aspire Trust is now an Incorporated Society.