Life Long Learning
We are a day centre and residential facility targeted to adults with Autism who are not able to perform the tasks required in adult life without additional support. Established in 2015, the Adult Programme for People with Autism (APPA) is a registered non-profit company (NPC) and Non-Profit Organisation (NPO).
Our aim is to prepare and support young adults over the age of 18 for life outside of the schooling environment, through ongoing development of the skills and behaviours required for these adults to be able to maximize their potential, and to be able to better integrate into the communities in which they live.
Our day centre programme consists of meaningful activities and interaction, with the aim of allowing our members to build a foundation for a good quality of life in spite of their disability. We believe in the principle of life-long learning in a supportive environment.
Our residential and respite facility provides a community based, non-institutionalised, inclusive environment, catering for the needs of Autism, where quality of life is a primary goal. This, combined with our day centre, provides a full, round-the-clock service to our members and their families.
We define Quality of Life for a person with a disability as:
- being safe
- being comfortable (warm); preparing and eating good food that one likes and is healthy
- having some choice and autonomy over one’s day
- being mentally stimulated, with the expectation to grow and develop
- having a day filled with variety, which has a defined structure to it
- performing activities that are rewarding and that are linked to individual strengths and weaknesses
- feeling useful, with a sense of purpose and achievement
- being treated as the individuals that they are.
We cater to a range of abilities along the spectrum, from non-verbal moderate to severe autism, to verbal with some reading and writing abilities. Our programme takes into account individual development needs and interests of our members. Our high staff to member ratio allows us to cater to each individual’s strengths and challenges.
Programme Focus Areas
Pre -vocational and Vocational Skills Development
To develop the required attention, motor and staying-on-task skills for work in a protective workshop to their maximum ability. Examples of skills include sorting, packing, compiling, packaging, office work, filing, object assembly. Participants work in a fully operation protective workshop on a regular weekly basis with the assistance of our staff.
Communication & Socialization Skills
To develop and maintain appropriate social behaviors and practices in community and group settings, as well as to foster increased independence through increased communication. All the activities in the day work on this aspect. Examples of activities include playing board games, outdoor team sport activities, social stories, outings and meal times. Verbal and non-verbal communication skills are integrated into all our activities.
Daily Living Skills
To improve skills in self-care and daily household living. Examples of skills include personal hygiene, dressing, toileting, exercising, laundry, household cleaning, washing dishes, preparing snacks, cooking skills, shopping and personal hygiene.
Leisure & Well-being
To replicate a normal, fulfilling day with balanced activities, and to promote the ability to gain enjoyment from activities such as going for a walk; swimming, watching TV, listening to music, ball skills, ten pin bowling; computer games and games console games, reading/looking at books. Often these skills have to be developed.
To continue to develop learning readiness as an essential component of future learning. The programme aims to ensure post-school numeracy and literacy functioning is maintained, and developed further.
Our group home is based on the following principles:
- Integration in a community setting: located in a suburban neighborhood close to shops, parks, etc. where residents have easy access to these areas, and are not isolated from the rest of the community
- A homely, comfortable environment: taking into account the sensory challenges (noise, light, quiet spaces, smell) of people with Autism in its design
- Self-determination: autistic adults need to be able to live as independently as possible, and be able to make choices about their activities, foods, etc. Adults who are less independent and require more care, need to have this available to them in a way that is caring and allows appropriate choice and dignity
- Safety: Providing a safe, secure and protected environment that complies with regulatory safety standards. The protection of members at all times is crucial
- Privacy: members need to have their own private spaces within the home
- Food: good quality food is essential to the well being of members, as well as the ability to have some control over their own food choices
- Variety: a residence needs to allow for some variety in terms of activities to engage in, places to sit, entertainment such as TV and computers, and space to be outside.
- Care: a sense of personal attachment and belonging needs to exist between members and staff, which manifests itself in an atmosphere of kindness, humour, active listening and personal connection.
Games & Leisure
Enrollment and Fees
Enrollments are done through interviews and a trial visit to ensure best fit of the programme to the applicant.
There is a monthly fee for enrolling into the day programme or the Group Home.
+27(82) 499 7012
12 York Avenue, Craighall Park, 2196