Difficulty with Change
Casey, a 19 year old with autism spectrum order, began his transition to employment in his last years of high school. He participated in several career center activities and programs in an attempt to prepare him for future employment. However, Casey's difficulties with communication, socialization and change were not well accommodated in these programs and ended with CAsey having few vocational options. During this time, Casey also participated in an internship that allowed him authentic experience in the OCALI offices. Many supports were provided to prepare and support Casey. These included social narratives, visual schedules with photographs and words, timers, jigs and daily routines. Below are several examples of the types of supports that allowed Casey to become independent in his job and to eventually secure ongoing paid employment at OCALI.