Welcome to The Mission Project. Meet Amelia. Meet Amelia. Young adult with Asperger’s Syndrome Received an Associate’s Degree from Johnson County Community College Outgoing and friendly Wants to work and be productive Wants to be independent But cannot safely live alone
“To establish and maintain support structures for persons with developmental disabilities to enable them to live independently in a safe environment with the opportunity to engage in meaningful work, social interaction with peers, educational opportunities, physical activities, training and recreation.”
SAFETY – 24 hour help line.
EMPLOYMENT – Access to job coaching/job creation; employment specialists
CONTINUING EDUCATION – Johnson Co. Comm College
PHYSICAL FITNESS – Sylvester Powell Jr. Comm. Center
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES – organized by parents/guardians, Service Provider, Sylvester Powell
PARENTAL INPUT—monthly parent steering committee guides every aspect of the program
INCREASING INDEPENDENCE—individualized supports provided by licensed providers who help participants learn new skills (e.g., self-care, home living, money management etc.)
CONTINUITY—families have a “successor plan”
OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAVEL—Travel Club
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY--AKTION CLUB – A Kiwanis Club fostering leadership skills
encouraging healthy eating and exercise
… and Chicago
Evaluation is showing participants becoming more independent over time
But who is it for?