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What supports does one need to live in a comunity with Aspergers?

Asked by talljasperman (19167 points ) November 28th, 2013

For an adult in Alberta. I was told that I don’t have the supports to return to my home town of Jasper National Park and that I would have to live in Red Deer for now.

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flip86's avatar

Asperger’s is no longer a diagnosed condition.

talljasperman's avatar

@flip86 O.k. it is called autism spectrum disorder… What skills/help do I need to live on my own?

flip86's avatar

It wasn’t just renamed. Autism spectrum disorder is much broader and most people who were diagnosed with Asperger’s, no longer qualify for a diagnosis under the new criteria.

I really don’t know what this means for people. Probably not good.

That being said, skills that you would need include, being able to cook for yourself, budgeting money, holding down a job if necessary, basic cleaning skills, making a grocery list/shopping for those items, and community supports or supportive family members.

jerv's avatar

I get by with just my wife and a habit of choosing jobs that play to my strengths (visualization, math, and attention to detail) than those that expose my weaknesses (social skills, like those required for customer service).

lynfromnm's avatar

Usually when officials talk about supports they mean either living in a group home situation or having residential support people who live with you. The level of support a person requires depends upon their regular ability to perform necessary life skills. Maybe they want you see you build up those skills before you live on your own.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

With the difficulties of interacting socially with people, it is important to have a few people close with you who sometimes serve as a buffer in situations where coping is the most challenging.

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