The transition from school to work is challenging for everyone, perhaps more so with young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). However, with one-on-one coaching and group support, autistic students do not need to feel that they could be left behind, instead, they could focus on developing their potential for the next stage of their lives.
Funded by The Community Chest, the HKFYG School Social Work Unit is launching FARMily – Shine. Engagement. Nurture (SEN), where the name stands for Farm and Family, a two-year programme for autistic students in years F.3 to F.6.
The point and purpose of the programme is to take full advantage of both the Federation’s Organic Farm and Hydroponic Farm, which will give the participants an opportunity to learn about farming, outdoor camping, career planning and other life skills. By merging the therapeutic benefits of farming with residential living and working together, it is believed that the young students will also be able to enhance their own sense of self-care and self-value, all leading towards a resilient attitude for future employability and community connections. On-site internships will be available and those who show promise and interest could even be considered for part-time or full-time positions on the farms after the Programme. Counselling will also be available to parents and caretakers to help them cope and release stress.