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autism T he 21-year-old Sydney man got his first job, moved out of home and began to develop stronger friendship networks after completing the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Recreational Skills (PEERS). THE RIGHT PATH PEERS is a social skills program for young adults with autism that was introduced in Australia recently by its founder, Dr Elizabeth Laugeson. Michael (pictured) went through the PEERS for Young Adults program at Cerebral Palsy Alliance – a non-profit Michael Stanton’s organisation that provides services to for the better since delay and other disabilities to help them life has changed people with cerebral palsy, developmental he completed a lead independent lives. 16-week program for young adults with autism. During weekly group sessions, Michael was taught straightforward ‘do-and-don’t’ behavioural tactics through rehearsal exercises, role-play and performance feedback. The program Supporting people living with disability to live a life of their choice We have a simple philosophy at Orana... we exist to provide support for people living with disability. We encourage, we train and most importantly we provide real life choices. With services in metropolitan and regional South Australia, we ensure support is tailored towards personalised service. With a diverse range of employment, housing and life skills support options, Orana is committed to excellence through creating independence for people living with disability. To find out more about Orana and how we support South Australians with disability, visit or call us on 8375 2000. 30 autism