WHY DO YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM NEED TRAINING?

Because “More than a third of those with autism don’t work or continue their education in their early twenties, a circumstance shared by fewer than 8 percent of young people with other types of disabilities.” 

Read more http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/04/21/401243060/young-adults-with-autism-more-likely-to-be-unemployed-isolated.

The Drexel University report is at: http://drexel.edu/autisminstitute/researchprojects/research/ResearchPrograminLifeCourseOutcomes/IndicatorsReport/#sthash.ICOM3fpf.dpbs

 

 

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CAN VIRTUAL ROLE PLAY SIMULATION HELP?

Co-founder of Alelo and forward thinker Dr. Lewis Johnson, speaks of the bright future for virtual role play and training workers, students, and soldiers:


"Virtual role-play simulations can serve multiple purposes and phases of training: walkthroughs, practice, and assessment. In walkthrough scenarios the learner may have little or no mastery of the target skills and so the system provides a high degree of scaffolding and helps the learner walk through the scenario to get a feel for how to perform the task. The left screenshot in Figure 4 is an example of such a walkthrough – you don’t need to know much Tetum to complete this simulation, although the score you receive depends upon how much Tetum you use. Practice simulations help learners develop their skills and involve progressively less amounts of scaffolding and higher levels of difficulty. In assessment simulations scaffolding is withheld and learners must demonstrate that they can complete the task unassisted. In summary, below is a list of desirable characteristics for virtual role play, as illustrated in these examples.

• Engaging, immersive experiences that simulate real-world interactions.

• Support for multiple computing devices and interface modalities.

• Support for speech recognition and other sensors for more realistic interaction.

• Nonverbal as well as verbal communication.

• Alternative courses of action, to promote replayability.

• Support for walkthroughs, practice, and assessment.

• Virtual coaching support. Design Recommendations for Adaptive Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Authoring Tools (Volume 3) 6

• Part-task training of component skills.

• Varying levels of scaffolding.

• Varying levels of difficulty." 

 

Read about the progress made with virtual reality and its applications for training here


 

To learning about "a nearly 80-year-old exemption in the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act allows employers across the country to pay so-called "subminimum" wages to hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities", and the importance of job training and independence, read here


 

Now, more than ever, a forward thinking training center is needed to help guide those with disabilities to achieve and shed the perception that those with disabilities are somehow worth less. Just recently, NPR conducted a study showing the ability for those with autism to provide exceptional performance for the tech industry, and highlighted a "hiring opportunity" that many companies were missing out on. My Life Learning Center hopes to merge traditional training with technological and progressive techniques to help close this gap. With the help of a social network, job training, and confidence building, My Life Learning Center can help combat the growing trend where many young adults with disabilities feel isolated, confused, and alone. 

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