ASJHE: a re­source for get­ting young adults out of the house

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The re­al­ity for young adults with dis­abil­i­ties who fin­ish school at age 21 is that school is fin­ished for them. These are young peo­ple who do not have the abil­ity of oth­ers their age to pur­sue post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, leav­ing them on a path that seems to be with­out much hope.

They are also young adults who can­not be alone at home wait­ing for their par­ents to re­turn from work at the end of the day. These young peo­ple we are tar­get­ing need sup­port and even help to meet their ba­sic needs such as eat­ing, drink­ing, or go­ing to the toi­let.

These young adults find them­selves with­out hope of a job. Even ex­ist­ing rein­te­gra­tion pro­grammes are not ac­ces­si­ble to young peo­ple with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties. No re­sources are avail­able for them.

Al­though in to­day's so­ci­ety, en­trepreneur­s are will­ing to wel­come young adults with phys­i­cal and/or in­tel­lec­tual con­straints, the re­al­ity is that af­ter a few months, young peo­ple have to leave be­cause they are not pro­duc­tive enough or re­quire too much su­per­vi­sion and in­ter­ven­tion.

Par­ents' needs, mean­while, in­volve keep­ing the au­ton­omy they used to have on school days. Par­ents who have a full­time job, some­times even a pro­fes­sional ca­reer and who are look­ing to live a nor­mal and sta­ble life like you and me, can­not af­ford to sud­denly stop ev­ery­thing to take care of their young adults at home.

The need for young adults with dis­abil­i­ties who left school in June 2019 is for a sta­ble re­source to be able to ac­com­mo­date them from Septem­ber 2019 for a min­i­mum of 1.2, 3 or 4 days a week.

If you had a young adult with a dis­abil­ity and you had to ex­pe­ri­ence a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, you would surely be very sur­prised and happy that some­one or an or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers you an adapted ser­vice, with the as­sur­ance that your young adult could ben­e­fit from 3 to 4 days of re­spite per week.

This is ex­actly what the ASJHE work­shops aim to of­fer. With ac­tiv­i­ties like a sum­mer day camp, day ser­vices, and gym and swim­ming ses­sions in both Coat­i­cook and Ma­gog, the or­ga­ni­za­tion aims to of­fer that ex­tra help­ing hand, where pos­si­ble. More in­for­ma­tion on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the or­ga­ni­za­tion is avail­able in French at http://www.asjhe.com, or by call­ing 819-849-0351

For re­spite needs, please con­tact di­rec­[email protected]

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