Have you ever considered what life for you and the person you support will look like at age 30, 40, or 50?
I started my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with children, and I loved it! I worked with amazing families and together we identified critical goals to support their children to be all they could be. As my caseload aged (and my own kids matured), I moved along with them, working with school age and then transitional age students and loving that too! With input from parents and educators, and sometimes the young adults, we identified goals to support their transition out of the education realm and into the real world. I even helped create a curriculum for the transition program in Kent Washington.
As these individuals aged out of services they were no longer considered ‘children’. They no longer received free and appropriate education. Many also aged out of insurance plans or state services. They were essentially cut off with no support for stepping out into the world, but they were expected to achieve the next step in life; adulthood.
We have all been there, struggling after leaving high school to find our place. However, for some of us, there are additional barriers to understanding our options. Communicating our preferences and beliefs and navigating this new adult world can be challenging. I saw this as both a tragedy and an opportunity to help facilitate a crucial level of support for people experiencing barriers in expressing, accessing, and living their best life.
All of us at Britteny Asher Consulting are passionate and skilled in providing adult-focused services to support a successful and satisfying transition into adult life, or for those already participating in this season of their life, to examine and build on hopes, skills and opportunities. For many of our clients this means working with Vocational Rehabilitation to identify employment interests and to find a job. It can also mean developing skills to gain information to make adult decisions. We are able to facilitate and expand support to help them to share their ideas, engage with less familiar community based communication partners and explore strategies for real world engagement and participation!
We start with getting to know our clients, and learn about their hopes and dreams. Their wants, needs and concerns. Then we collaborate, to build support, resources and skills to allow individuals to envision and achieve their best life as an adult.
“You can not go back and change where you have been, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”- C.S. Lewis
We love working with:
- Vocational Rehabilitation of Oregon
- Tobii Dynavox
- Service Alternative Training Institute
- Saltillo Corp
- Oregon Provider/ DDMH
- Oregon Commission for the Blind
- Housing Independence
- Griffin’s Place
- Exceed Oregon
- Community Vision Assistive Technology Lab
- Community Access Services
- Albertina Kerr Center