Building Bridges: Future Planning with Parallel
At Parallel, we understand the profound challenges faced by young adults with autism and other neurodiversities during their transition from secondary education to adulthood. The current methods often lead to unemployment, underemployment, and a sense of disconnect within the community. The repercussions extend beyond the individual, affecting their support systems and contributing to feelings of sadness, depression, and frustration.
The shortcomings of the existing transition planning become apparent as early as high school and middle school years, failing to identify suitable “What’s next” options for individuals. Despite legal mandates requiring transition plans for all students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the conventional approach falls short. The transition plans, while addressing certain skill deficits, are limited by the constraints of the school day, the scope of educational staff, and the availability of resources.
Why Traditional Transition Plans Fall Short
These plans often focus on skills within the curriculum, neglecting essential aspects crucial for a successful transition, such as job skills, social skills, independent living skills, and community building skills. Parents are frequently unaware of the broader skill set needed for their child’s transition to a value-based adulthood with purpose, dignity, and belonging.
Moreover, the abrupt termination of school-based transition plans at graduation or age 22 creates what is often termed “the Service Cliff.” Families are left in the dark, unsure of how to navigate the transition to the next phase of life. The lack of collaborative and multi-disciplinary efforts compounds this issue, leaving families without guidance on finding placements or bridging the gap between education and the challenges of the real world.
Parallel: Bridging the Gap to Independence
At Parallel, we’re committed to reshaping the future planning landscape. Our approach is strategic, human-centered, and innovative, focusing on individual values and desires. We recognize that true independence, purpose, and dignity can only be achieved through comprehensive planning that goes beyond the limitations of conventional transition planning.
Our mission is to eliminate the Service Cliff by assisting young adults and their families in creating plans for the future that bridge the gap between secondary education supports and the uncertain world of “What’s Next.” We start early, ensuring that plans are tailored to address all aspects of adult life, not confined to school hours or locations.
Parallel is here to guide you and your family in crafting a plan that paves the way for an adult life of independence, purpose, and dignity. Our commitment is to the individuals we serve, understanding their unique needs and aspirations. We are dedicated to creating a bridge that leads to a future filled with possibilities and opportunities.
Let us know how we can assist you in navigating the path to a successful and fulfilling adulthood. It’s not just what we do – it’s our passion and commitment to building bridges to independence.
Parallel International Consulting is an expert Neurodiversity consulting group that works to create strategic plans for the future for invested families seeking to transition their Neurodiverse child to an adulthood of independence, purpose, and dignity. We are based in the United States and work with individuals all over the world. To find out more about how you can start the journey with us, visit www.parallelintl.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org