Five of our narrative community people are a part of the endeavour Adult Support Kendra (A.S.K.), which aims to provide counseling and transitional support to adults with disabilities.
When young persons with disabilities reach their adolescent years and transition issues assume priority, it is often a time for new challenges and a bit of trepidation as to “what next?” We, at A.S.K., recognize this as a time when families may need a different type of support that addresses critical questions of vocational training, employment prospects, dealing with emotions, dealing with sexuality, setting goals for adult living, financial planning and so on. We plan to help families navigate these complex and somewhat overwhelming issues.
A.S.K. has on board, a social worker who is also a rehabilitation counselor, a psychologist with a doctorate in special education who is successfully running two facilities for supported employment for persons with disabilities and four other persons with different backgrounds trained in narrative practices. Three among us are also parents of adults with disabilities.
We are a network offering counseling sessions and chats for individuals and groups and interactive talks/workshops for individuals with disabilities and their families. We may soon start offering more services like sessions for professionals. Our future vision is to start a full fledged counseling center for adults with disabilities and their families.
We hope that the center would be able to support many adults with disabilities along with their families to live a life full of dignity, valued social roles resulting in receiving more respect and the enrichment of their multi-dimensional identities.
Adult Support Kendra is an endeavour of Yash Charitable Trust in collaboration with the Forum For Autism.