John is in his early 60s and has Asperger’s syndrome. He was referred to the Adult Autism Spectrum Care Coordination and Coaching program by his elderly parents. He had no daily schedule, minimal social interaction, limited understanding of personal hygiene and social cues, and no concrete plans in place for his future. Through our work together, John now participates in the CHAI Works day program, has a buddy through Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, and receives coaching on social skills, hygiene, and how to live independently. Additionally, John’s parents are receiving support to create plans for John’s future when they are no longer able to be present for their son.
Now John is taking advantage of all of the different resources his community has to offer and his charm and exuberance shine through. John walks into any room and exudes a warm and friendly attitude that draws people to him. He knows the names of the employees at the shops he frequents and never shies away from a conversation about politics, the Red Sox, or Judaism.