Programs for Young Adults
Programs for Young Adults
Autism at Work
Our Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES®) employment assessment program at ARC helps people with autism find fulfilling and enriching employment. This 11 week program allows adults with autism to try realistic, entry-level jobs they may never have attempted before. The assessments assist in growing hands-on skills and self-confidence.
The ARC Supported Independent Employment Program, the follow-up program to PAES®, is a supported employment program specifically designed for young adults on the autism spectrum who are interested in preparing for, finding and securing work. We carefully match a person’s values, interests and skills/abilities to employers seeking qualified job seekers and offering competitive employment.
Independent Living Program
Independent Living Program (ILP) is a person-centred program to help our members increase their independence in the community. Each participant gets to set their own goals and work towards skills that will help them become independent at home or in the community. Skill areas that can be addressed are social skills, budgeting, time management, personal hygiene, relationships and intimacy, meal planning, cooking, healthy lifestyle, and many other areas.
ARC’s Cooking Program increases independence in food planning, preparation, following recipes, time-management skills and team work. Individuals work with a cooking coach to complete a recipe and enjoy the prepared meal as a group.
PEERS® Social Skills Program for Young Adults
PEERS® is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention program developed at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. It targets specific skills to assist people to learn how to make and keep friends.
The We Belong mental health and wellness program offers free, confidential one-to-one counselling to adult ARC members and their families/caregivers. The program also provides small group art, photography, and mindfulness activities as well a Parent Support Group led by our Mental Health Counsellor.
Social Drop In Program
This program for adults with autism encourages and develops social skills in a natural, fun and engaging environment. Young adults meet every Wednesday evening to share interests, participate in social activities of their own choosing and spend time with others. Social Drop-In does a wide variety of activities that encourage engagement with our local community and each other.
Chill and Connect
Chill and Connect runs every Tuesday afternoon from 1:30-4:00 pm and provides a comfortable environment for young adults to come hang out, play games, socialize and to just get out of their house for an afternoon.
Active with ARC
Active with ARC is offered Thursday afternoons as a way to get young adults moving and learn the benefits of being active. In the warmer months, members usually meet to go for a walk to enjoy the fresh air; colder months move indoors to a city run leisure centre to enjoy a variety of workout options.
Improv for Autism
Globe Theatre and the Autism Resource Centre partnered to develop an Improv for Autism class that is held on site at the Globe Theatre. This is a fantastic environment with great instructors to allow individuals to try out improvisation activities and develop some spontaneity in themselves.
Individuals must meet the following:
- Ages 18 to 35;
- A diagnosis on the autism spectrum;
- Are able to commit to attend scheduled ARC sessions; and
- Have a valid ARC Membership.
Before accessing our programs and services, our program team will meet with each individual so we can learn more about you and make a plan for how our programs can help you reach your goals. To set up a meeting, please email us with your contact information and the programs you are most interested in. Please note, this meeting and a paid membership are required before attending our programs.
Autism Resource Centre
199 N Leonard Street
Regina, SK S4N 5X5
DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION, OUR OFFICE HOURS MAY CHANGE TO REFLECT CURRENT PROVINCIAL GUIDELINES. For inquiries or to hear about our current office hours, please contact us by phone, email or by using the “Questions?” form.
Our regular hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Fridays. We are closed weekends and statutory holidays.