The Josef and Christine Roman (JCR) Imagine Program offers community-based, individualized services and supports which focus on vocational, habilitation and recreational opportunities for adults over the age of 16 years who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our goal is to help individuals advance skills that will prepare them for meaningful employment, as well as daily living skills needed to lead well-rounded and fulfilling lives.
Our program design is based on the research methodologies of TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren) as well as ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) to meet the needs of individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The TEACCH-based environmental design of the program provides a structured learning environment to maximize the development of skills for individuals to reach their full potential.
As a part of the structured learning environment, individuals utilize daily visual and written schedules. Throughout the day, individuals participate in skill-building techniques related to employment, daily living, functional academics, technology, socialization and communication. Individuals also participate in recreational activities of their choice and community experiences to apply skills.
Participants transition between areas with specified skill focus and have the ability to receive one-on-one assistance from staff members as they work towards greater levels of independence within each area. The skills taught are focused on preparing program participants for meaningful community engagement and employment. All program participants are employees of Deepwood Industries and receive job training to further areas of employment and payment for work completed.