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COMMUNITY. OPPORTUNITY. PURPOSE.
ar·ti·san (noun) a worker in a skilled trade, 
especially one that involves making things by hand.

Aspire Accessories, a program of Social Motion Skills, Inc. is a work transition program for adults with autism and similar special needs. We provide a solution to what is known as the “services cliff” for this population of individuals once they age out of supported school-based environments. 

We empower each artisan to take responsibility for their work, realize their potential, and increase their self-awareness and confidence.

Artisans are part of a supportive COMMUNITY, where everyone has the OPPORTUNITY to thrive, add value and achieve a sense of PURPOSE. 

A word from our Educational Director, Jan Quinlan M.ED                 

"A wave of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's need to become contributing members of society. Aspire focuses upon a comprehensive program of providing employment and a social community that has developed into a support network. Autism is a diverse population in terms of skills and aptitudes. There are no employment models to address the needs for young adults on the spectrum. An assortment of generalized learning difficulties need to be accommodated by generating intervention strategies that break down tasks into discrete processes. 

Artisans as Aspire are given the opportunity to realize their potential, to attain higher goals and skills, and to focus their attention on detail and accuracy. Aspire offers diagnostic teaching of skills allowing instructors to work with an artisan's strengths while addressing deficit skills areas. 

The aim of creating a supportive environment at Aspire is to facilitate our artisans in developing a greater sense of self. These individuals can not always find an easy path in our world so Aspire is attempting to find a place in the workforce where they thrive and find engaging work that leads to quality of life. Artisans are given a genuine chance to feel successful." 

Become an Aspire Artisan. To find out more, contact Stacy Anderson via Stacy@socialmotionskills.org.

 

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