Who is this guide for?
This Guide has information for participants (over 18 years of age) who are getting ready for social and community participation and:
- are on the autism spectrum
- live with intellectual disability
- live with psychosocial disability
Other people may also find it helpful.
How can this guide help you?
Understanding how this Guide is organised will help you use it.
It will help you think about:
- what you enjoy doing
- what you may need to help you participate socially and within your community
- the benefits of building connections and social and communication skills
It is important to remember social and community participation is about doing things you want as part of everyday life. These are activities you do for fun and can help your health and wellbeing.
We have used research to find the supports that help with social and community participation. Research is one type of information to help you think about social and community participation. It can help you learn about what supports, programs and activities are available to you and how well they may work.
The research in this Guide is in two parts. The first part is a summary to help you learn about how supports may help with community participation.
The second part gives more detailed information about the outcomes or changes that social and community participation supports may lead to.
Remember you are unique, so understanding your own goals and needs is important. You may also find advice, ideas and direct support from your family, carers, friends, local area coordinator, NDIA planner, support coordinator, psychosocial recovery coach or support or activity providers helpful when choosing the best supports and activities for you.
We have provided some questions and a link to the checklist to help you write down your ideas. Discuss these with people who are helping you think about social and community participation.