Programs in Michigan Helps Students Prepare for Life After High School

Today's Detroit News highlighted programs in Michigan aimed at helping teens and young adults with ASD develop the work and life skills to become as self-sufficient as possible.

One program at Southfield-Lathrup High School is a life skills laundry program for students with autism founded by teacher Levqual Robinson last year. The program tailors each job to fit the particular student's needs to help them build confidence. One tenth grader said “It feels really great to be in the laundry program because I get to learn new skills, even though I already know how to wash clothes.”

Another example is the Macomb Intermediate School District which operates the Bozymowski Center for students 18 to 26 years old, working with various employers such as Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Burlington Coat Factory, McDonald’s and the Warren tank plant.

These programs focus on both employment skills as well as life skills to help prepare students for future success.

Autism Speaks has many resources to help young adults and adults with autism succeed in finding and maintaining jobs, including an Employment Tool Kit and a Small Business Initiative. Click here to learn more!