The Asperger Social and Discussion Group was a group for families of children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other communication disorders. Parents and grandparents had meetings while our kids enjoyed time together. Both those with disabilities and their more social siblings.
Our group disbanded several years ago. But we still keep in touch with many of the families. As our kids are transitioning into adulthood, I thought it would be fun to find out where some of them are now.
While our younger members are still in high school, most have graduated. Post high school choices were as varied as each of these young adults. Timelines were different for each. Many have chosen to further their education through community college options.
One is a junior at UTSA. He was our computer whiz. While he was still in high school, he took two old computers and built a very powerful one. He now has a paid internship with HEB in the IT department.
Another was recently accepted at an out of state University as a transfer student. He completed community college and found a job on his own as an HEB sacker. Then worked his way up to cashier. He got his driver’s license and saved money to buy a cool car.
The twins went full on to a four-year college right out of high school. Their school was in another city. They struggled with dorm life but did better when they moved to an apartment. They just graduated from UT Dallas last week and are looking for full-time employment.
Our token girl (she’s not really a token, she’s her own woman) received training through Texas Workforce Commission’s Vocational Rehab. She went to classes there and learned work skills with a job coach. She got a job where she was a success. She now works part-time and goes to community college part-time. She is taking specialty driving classes in Austin and if her mom lets her practice, she’ll soon have her license. She hopes to move away for college someday.
This group of young people had several things that have aided their success. They all have very supportive families. Their parents went above and beyond to guide their journeys. They each have big hearts and courageous spirits. They are determined to succeed. And each seems to take setbacks as learning experiences. I can’t wait to see how their journeys continue.
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