After taking this program, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to provide the right intervention when needed and be more supportive care-partners. You will also be prepared to build stronger relationships with autistic individuals and feel empowered to make a true difference in their lives while being an advocate for autism awareness in your workplace.
Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including family, early intervention programs, group homes, school settings, healthcare settings, and community agencies ranging from residential to recreational programs.
Frequently asked questions
Why does NorQuest use identity-first and person-first language?
At NorQuest, we are inclusive to both individual preferences and have chosen to use a mix of identity-first and person-first language.
Did NorQuest consult autistic individuals when creating this program?
Yes! We conducted research, inclusive of focus groups, evaluation surveys, and other discussion with Autistic individuals and their families in the community. Family members and care partners of nonspeaking autistic individuals were included in the conversation to represent the diversity within the community.
How was the program name decided?
While autism is clinically described as a disorder, we recognize and understand that having a neurodevelopmental disability and sometimes co-occurring conditions affects how an individual experiences the world around them—it does not mean tasks will not be possible for the person to do or that individuals will experience impairments in these areas. It means that autistic individuals may experience a different pathway, over time to achieve tasks in life. The program was designed to create opportunities for autistic individuals to have meaning and joy.