Destination: Education – Exploring Inclusive Postsecondary Education Programs

When high school ends, it can be both exciting and daunting for Neurodivergent students and their parents. What’s the next step? Is continuing education the right fit? If so, where can my child find the support needed to succeed in a more independent environment?

At Parallel, we understand the complex questions you face. In our Destination: Education blog series, we’ll guide you through the possibilities for your child’s educational future.

What is Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE)?

IPSE programs are college-level programs designed for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students typically participate for two to four years alongside a group of peers. IPSE programs promote inclusion in multiple areas . . . .

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Destination: Adulthood

We’ve all seen the cliched roadmaps promising smooth sailing into adulthood. You know the ones – good grades, college, a fulfilling career, maybe a family of your own. But the truth is, life is rarely that linear. The journey into adulthood is a distinctly personal adventure where no two paths are identical.

This individualized route to adulthood is particularly relevant when we think about Neurodivergent individuals. Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other Neurodivergent conditions are natural human variations. However, society often presents

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Finding Your True North: How Values Act As The Compass For A Fulfilling Life

In the ever-shifting tides of trends and the noise of competing voices, there lies an anchor that grounds us: our values. Values act as the guiding stars in our personal universes, shaping our choices, determining our actions, and ultimately defining who we are. Furthermore, values represent the fundamental beliefs that drive our motivations, the ideals we strive towards, and the principles that lend meaning and purpose to life. The importance of values shaping humanity cannot be overstated; they are the very blueprints upon which we build our societies, our relationships, and our own individual journeys.

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Beyond Labels: Discovering The Most Important Person On Your Team

Transition. It’s a word loaded with potential: new beginnings, exciting possibilities, daunting unknowns. But for Neurodivergent individuals, navigating the transition to adulthood can feel like navigating a minefield. Labels often get thrown around, creating a box around personal identity and achievement. But at Parallel, we believe there’s a missing piece in most transition plans: understanding…

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Love Your Journey

The last several weeks, we have been touching on the facets of our transition planning process described in our book, The RoadMap Lab™. We have talked about why focusing on work alone isn’t enough. We have discussed why planning for a whole future is important and the many reasons you may need a plan with…

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Navigating the Rapids: Five Life Dimensions That Will Simplify Your Neurodivergent Child’s Transition Journey

As your neurodivergent child navigates the exciting yet turbulent waters of high school and early college, the future can feel like a vast, uncharted ocean. Transition planning for neurodivergent individuals requires a compass, a sturdy raft, and most importantly, a clear map. But amidst the whirlwind of resources, options, and anxieties, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds of overwhelming details. It’s time to take a deep breath and remember – sometimes, simplicity is the best lifeboat.

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Is it Possible to Scale Customized Solutions?

A client came to us with an idea of large-scale customization, and asked us, could it be done? Could the method we utilize at Parallel be multiplied and implemented in a big organization focused on volume or is it impossible to scale a deeply human process? After some conversation and careful consideration of the various…

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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…

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Why Work Isn’t Enough

It happens almost every time we meet with a prospective client, often parents. They present one of two things: the desire for their adolescent or adult child to obtain gainful employment, or receipts of employment experiences. They chronicle the sometimes-exhaustive preparations made for employment such as specific skill development, professional resume building, job coaching, and…

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