Who is this guide for?
This Guide has information for participants (over 18 years of age) who want to stay connected to their social and community activities and:
- are on the autism spectrum
- live with an intellectual disability
- live with a psychosocial disability
Other people may also find the information helpful.
How can this guide help you?
Understanding how this Guide is organised will help you use it.
It will help you think about supports you may need when:
- moving through different life stages
- your skills and interests change
- opportunities change as your social environments change
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 see the supports that can help with participation after changes in your life. Research is one source of information you can use to help you think about social and community participation. It can help you learn about what supports, programs and activities are available to you.
Remember you are unique, so understanding your own goals and needs is important. You may also find advice, practical 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 options for you.
We have provided some questions and a link to the checklist to help you write down your ideas. Then you can discuss them with people who are helping you think about social and community participation.