Life Skills Development

Skill Training Areas

Project Beacon’s life skills development program aims to empower individuals with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to lead fulfilling lives, achieve their goals, and contribute meaningfully to their communities and society. The objectives of the program vary depending on the individual’s specific needs and goals, but generally include:

  • Programs focused on teaching essential life skills such as cooking, budgeting, grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning, and personal care to promote independent living.
  • Learning to express needs and wants and how to self-advocateLearning good conversation skills, developing healthy relationships, and building a positive self-image and self-awareness. 
  • Developing appropriate coping skills, learning how to self-monitor moods and reactions, and recognizing options, and making positive choices. 
  • Art and music therapy to help individuals express themselves and develop emotional regulation skills.
  • Inclusive recreational programs that cater to diverse interests, promoting physical well-being and social engagement.
  • Use of assistive technologies and apps to enhance communication, organization, and daily living skills.
  • Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to practice vocational and social skills.
  • Social clubs and structured group activities. 
  • Community events and activities to encourage participation and social interactions.
  • Exploring different interests and professions, work readiness skills, and self-advocacy.  
Future Programs to Include:
  • Pairing individuals with autism with mentors. 
  • Peer support groups for adults that facilitate connections and shared experiences.
  • Workshops and resources focused on financial planning, budgeting, and understanding legal rights to empower individuals with autism in managing their affairs.
  • Accessible information and support for navigating government assistance programs and services.
  • Adult education programs that accommodate different learning styles and provide opportunities for ongoing skill development.
  • Collaborations with local universities or community colleges for inclusive higher education experiences.

Program Description