To meet the needs of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community and requirements from surrounding school districts, The Switzer Learning Center provides the SAIL (Self Advocacy & Independent Living) Transition Program, including independent living skills training for moderate to severe autism student population. The SAIL Transition Program provides education and builds confidence in areas of life and work skills, communications and relationship building for transitioning adults from 18 to 22 years-old with moderate to severe autism and other conditions.
Utilizing Relationship Development Intervention principles (RDI), the SAIL Program’s goals are to:
- teach autism students life skills they need to function as independently as possible
- provide students with autism a variety of supported work opportunities, on and off campus, so they can explore possible jobs that may be of personal preference and gain work experience
- teach the concept of earned income, and
- teach basic money management and purchasing skills.
The SAIL Program occurs Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.