Mission Statement

 

To provide specialized, intensive transitionally focused training for young adults graduating from traditional school systems who are diagnosed with autism spectrum, developmental and intellectual disabilities and who are moderately to significantly impaired.


 

Values guiding programming at Austin's Place

 

Integrity and Customer focus - The best way to model effective work and social skills to our consumers is to embody these values in our own day to day operations. Therefore, the operation of Austin’s Place from admission, daily programming, through community integration will be done with integrity and a focus on delivering quality instruction to all consumers as well as courteous and timely service to families, community and business partners.

Person-centered programming - The consumers attending programming at Austin’s Place are sometimes considered “challenging,” but these young adults have the same interests and strengths that any young adult possesses. As programming and planning is completed with each consumer and their families, specific priority is put on nurturing existing strengths and expanding on personal interests to minimize challenges and limitations.

Collaboration (between family, therapists, community) - Research has shown that a considerable part of the success for these young adults results when a truly collaborative effort is provided to deliver instruction consistently and in an eclectic fashion. To achieve this, input from all persons involved in the lives of these adults is critical. We believe this involves families, instructors, community representatives, specialized therapists and content experts.

Best Practice Intervention - The adoption of empirically proven practices is critical to effective programming and long-term program and consumer success. Use of proven, replicable practices will guide the development and implementation of all facets of programming at Austin’s Place. A reflective and continual improvement model will be adopted to ensure that best practices are implemented in all facets of programming.