Far Along on the Path to IndependenceCindy* is a 32-year-old woman who has so much going for her. Recently divorced, she is working toward becoming a certified American College of Sports Medicine personal trainer and has a bachelors’ degree. Cindy is sharing a three-bedroom apartment in Brighton and is volunteering with several organizations including the Harvest Co-op, Boston Athletic Association, and JF&CS. Her future looks promising, and she has worked hard to get to this point.

Cindy came to the Adult Autism Spectrum Care Coordination and Coaching program in March 2012, after a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. She was referred to JF&CS by a private vocational counselor who recognized that her needs were far more complex than merely finding employment. Like many of our clients with similar diagnoses, Cindy struggled to hold on to jobs due to her challenges with interpersonal skills, and family life became increasingly complicated and overwhelming. Cindy and her husband separated and soon found themselves getting divorced. She needed to find a place to live immediately.

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