My name is Kai Helsdon and I recently finished the Individualized Transition to Life Course offered by Integrated Autism Consulting.
I am planning to use everything that I learned from this program to eventually move out on my own, and in the future, to move in with my girlfriend.
I graduated with my diploma in Recreation Therapy from Mohawk College this year and will use these skills to gain experience as a recreation therapist.
I am also an autism advocate, supporting individuals with autism by sharing my life experiences to assist others in understanding their strengths and how to plan for their future, whether it is going to college, gaining employment or finding that leisure activity that fits into their life.
Overall this program was very helpful, because it taught me about budgeting, planning my week and how to be successful in different kinds of relationships.
Trevor is a recent graduate of the Transition to Life course in Barrie. This smart, funny and charming young man graduated high school a couple of years ago and was struggling to make the leap into part-time employment. Finally, he and his parents decided it was time to get some help and came to Integrated Autism Consulting for some advice. Taking the Transition to Life course meant that Trevor learned not only interview and job preparation skills, he also gained valuable insights into the strengths and challenges of having ASD. Trevor came to class each week with his homework done and was ready to learn. With hard work and determination, he created and followed a weekly schedule, prepared his resume and cover letter, learned how to get a bus pass and ride the bus, went to job fairs, applied for jobs online and more! He is currently volunteering at the Barrie Public library at the café and has just started a position at Tim Horton's.
You should be very proud of your efforts Trevor! Congratulations!
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Congratulations to Bea who recently completed Fashion and Editorial Make-Up and Make-Up Comprehensive Certifications from George Brown College. Her creative, focused and detail oriented approach to her profession led her to head of her class. Her exemplary work has resulted in positions as a make-up artist on set and head of make-up for two movies in Toronto! You go Gal! Bea wasn’t a fan of high school but loved this college experience since it was based on her interests.
Jordan graduated from the Transition to Life course in June, 2018 but he has been involved with Integrated Autism Consulting since he graduated from secondary school, in 2017. Jordan is a positive considerate, hardworking and conscientious guy! In the past two years he has built a productive, balanced schedule that includes full time employment at Ferndale Trim and Doors. He enjoys playing ball hockey with his local team and has an focused interest in car racing.
Jordan is a regular member of the IAC Social Club and is often seen smiling and engaging with others. He’s always ready to try new things!
Recently Jordan obtained his driver’s license and bought himself a truck. Wow! This guy knows how to set goals and work towards them! This is a skill that will continue to serve him well in the future.