Holistic Support and Vocational Training for Autistic Youth
Teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) enter the workforce after study. Many of them face difficulties in seeking employment, some find it hard to perform even if they find a job, while some only manage to work for a short period of time. Since 2008, Heep Hong Society has been providing vocational training for autistic youth. Now, under the STAR Project, we support their growth and employment through vocational and life planning, as well as holistic support services.
There are three subsidiary growth and employment support schemes under the STAR Project:
"Pilot Project on Strengthening Support for Persons with Autism and their Parents/Carers" (SSAP) (sponsored by the Social Welfare Department)
"Employment Support for High Functioning Individuals with ASD and Their Parents/Caretakers" (sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club)
"A Holistic Employment Support Scheme for High-functioning Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders" (sponsored by The Community Chest of Hong Kong)
- High-functioning youth with ASD who are studying in mainstream Secondary 6 or above
- High-functioning youth with ASD who are over 15, preparing for or are working in mainstream work environment
- Parents and carers of the above youth
- Vocational assessment and training
- Practical skills
- Individual follow-up
- Emotional support
- Support for parents
- Workshop for employers and employees
- Mentorship programme
*SSAP also provides professional consultation service for rehabilitation organisations in the form of hotline, workshops, talks and on-site consultation.
Visit the STAR Project website http://ssap.heephong.org/ to learn more about the support schemes.