Adult Programme
For People With Autism

We are a day centre and residential facility for adults with Autism who require support to perform the tasks required in adult life. Established in 2015, the Adult Programme for People with Autism (APPA) is a registered non-profit company (NPC) and Non-Profit Organisation (NPO).

About APP Autism

We cater to a range of abilities along the spectrum, from individuals who are non-verbal to individuals who are 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.

Life Skills and Integration

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.

Meaningful Day Activities

Our day centre programme consists of meaningful activities and interaction, with the aim of allowing our members to build a foundation for a meaningful day and good quality of life. We believe in the principle of life-long learning in a supportive environment.

Community Group Home

In addition, we operate a residential Group Home, that serves as a home away from home for some of our members. This provides a community based, non-institutionalised, inclusive environment, catering for the needs of Autism, where quality of life is a primary goal.

We define quality of life for a person with autism as

  • Being safe.
  • Being comfortable.
  • Having some choice and autonomy over one’s day.
  • Being cognitively engaged, 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 in a caring, accepting and nurturing environment.

We define quality of life for a person with autism as

  • Being safe.
  • Being comfortable.
  • Having some choice and autonomy over one’s day.
  • Being cognitively engaged, 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 in a caring, accepting and nurturing environment.

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.
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Communication and Socialisation 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.
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Daily Living Skills

To improve skills in self-care and daily household living. Examples of skills include personal hygiene, shaving, appropriate dressing, toileting, exercising, laundry, household cleaning, washing dishes, preparing snacks, cooking skills, shopping and personal hygiene.
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Leisure and Well-being

To replicate a normal, fulfilling day with balanced activities, and to promote the ability to gain enjoyment from activities.
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Cognitive

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.
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Residence/Respite Centre

The group home prioritises community integration, sensory-friendly design, self-determination, safety, privacy, quality food, variety in activities, and a caring atmosphere for autistic adults.

Activities

Gardening

Exercising

Office Work

Cooking

Games and Leisure

Music Therapy

Art

Working

Socialisation

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.