The Strive2Thrive program provides services to individuals on the autism spectrum without an intellectual disability.
In its first year, the program served 27 individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 years old who are on the autism spectrum without an intellectual disability. These individuals can present with social and/or communication needs that require unique supports as they enter adulthood — Strive2Thrive aims to meet those needs. There are plans to evolve the program that continues to utilize both in-person and virtual supports. Going forward supports to be included in the proposed service model will include life coaching, self-advocacy training, and group recreational activities.
Unique Program Model
Strive2Thrive serves individuals who are on the autism spectrum without an intellectual disability — a population that experiences difficulties fitting into the traditional day program setting.
Urban Youth Peer Mentor Interns provide group and 1:1 social opportunities where participants develop friendships and receive peer modeling for social situations.
Self-advocacy is strongly encouraged among participants — program and event activities are chosen by individuals and they ultimately make the decision to attend.