All parents want to be involved in their children’s lives, interests, and educational experience’s. Times are busy and parents are struggling with juggling work and everyday living. This Tip Booklet offers help with staying involved with, and supportive of, your child’s education.
“Family Friendly Communities” is a phrase that has three words we all know and like. If they were written this way on a ballot, odds are we’d most likely vote in favor. How do we create family friendly communities and where to do we start?
A transition is a shift or movement from one thing to another. In this Tip Booklet, “transition” means moving into adulthood. This includes the changes in responsibilities, expectations, and abilities that come with that.
The following Tip Booklets have been created through the collaboration of FND and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). FND understands and respects the beliefs and opinions of those who choose not to use “Person First Language”. At FND, we respectfully prefer to use “Person First Language”.
Transitions can be difficult for anyone; most people take comfort in familiar settings. People with Autism Spectrum Disorder often use routines in order to better navigate life, and a sudden change – beginning or leaving school, or getting a job – may be very unpleasant. Preparing people with autism for change, and making the change less sudden, makes this easier.
Transitions can be difficult, and transitioning from children’s healthcare to adult healthcare can be especially difficult for young people with autism. However, the transition can be made less challenging with preparation.
In order for all of us to live in relative harmony with one another, we form relationships and interact with each other in such a way as to become friends, gain trust, and create strong emotional bonds. In time, we may find a person we wish to spend the rest of our lives with. But these relationships never come about automatically. They require practice, effort, patience, and understanding. This Tip Booklet is designed to help you on your way to forming the relationships we hope you will be able to sustain for the rest of your life.