The Academy for Adults with Autism was established in 2007 by parents concerned with the overall and long-term welfare of their teenagers with ASD.
Developing services and facilities, beginning in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa, for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the Academy for Adults with Autism aims to provide sustainable services of a high standard to support adults with ASD, providing opportunities for occupation and training, operating under the supervision of a professional management organisational structure, consisting of persons who are specifically knowledgeable, skilled and trained in ASD.
The organisation was established to:
- Enhance the quality of life for adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Enhance the understanding, dignity and respect which all autistic persons deserve, within the community and society in which they reside
- Create public awareness of the specific needs and traits, as well as abilities, including the uniqueness, of autistic people
The Academy for Adults with Autism is also a registered Public Benefit Organisation (Nr. 930025332) which means that we may issue our donors and benefactors with certificates of receipt in accordance with Section 18a of the Income Tax Act of South Africa.
Most young autistic adults require constant supervision, ongoing training and suitable occupation, and re-enforcement of various skills attained. The school leaver and young autistic adult is often not accepted into existing protective workshops and residential care facilities, due to their specific needs which are mostly related directly to this disorder.
Continuation of academic education, self-help skills, occupational and social skills training, as well as support, care and mental stimulation become the sole responsibility of the parents. This places an enormous burden upon parents and possibly siblings and other family members too.
This is where The Academy for Adults with Autism comes in to assist. This community based project will involve local infrastructure and resources and form partnerships within the community, including Corporate Business, Government and the relevant Authorities, to fulfill its objectives.