Beyond dependence and independence is the interdependence
which is all about the harmony of elements…  
contributing and receiving
overlapping interests
…where each one of us feels valuable and worthy yet not alone.
This is what we’re teaching as the foundation of a strong and happy community for all of us.
—– Elena Alexandra, CMHC, Autism Unites Co-founder

ASIS’ mission is to help young adults with autism spectrum disorders to fully integrate into their communities and ultimately reach their fullest potential.

 By the community integration we mean:

1) residential integration (housing and healthy living)
2) social integration (having friends, and participation in the community life)
3) vocational integration (having a secure job, friendly working environment and enjoying  a chosen trade).

The unique philosophy of ASIS is the “Art of Connection”,  an innovative social-integration vocational concept that brings together young adults on the autism spectrum to those without and motivates all students to create a cohesive, collaborative community that is supportive, nurturing and positive.

In 2014 ASIS will open all-inclusive, post-secondary Vocational Academy of the Arts. Departments of Film and TV and  department of Arts and Animation will start operating in May 2014.

 Individualized Program Design (IPD).

 Autism is a spectrum. No case is the same and therefore ASIS creates individualized program design for every participant. Each program design will include three elements:
1) Residential
2) Social
3) Vocational
All three elements are united at the core by ASIS philosophy which is “The Art of Connection”.

Every ASIS IDP includes progression from all-inclusive residential-social unit to the all-inclusive vocational unit to all-inclusive, self-sustainable community unit.

Residential >>> (Social, Educational, Vocational) >>> Community

Residential Services

ASIS’ residential services include following:

  • Assisting to find an apartment near the academy/college/day program and in the walking distance of public transportation.

  • ASIS would find the roommates, which are ASIS’ intern(s) that would be residing with  the individual with ASD..

  • Roommates will be trained (6 hours upon being hired) and have at least 10 hours per year of continuing education.

  • Our residential curriculum will include budgeting, grocery shopping, cooking, & basic home cleaning & maintenance.

  • Roommates will eat together each night

  • Roommates will also have a get together with friends at their apartment once a week; planning an event is an excellent way to reinforce executive functioning skills  such as:

    1) choosing who to invite
    2) choosing what to do
    3) choosing what to serve
    4) choosing who will take care of what
    5) choosing how to coordinate cleanup

  • Roommates will work together on a vocational project & go out into the community on outings such as farmers market or events

  • Roommates will use a google calendar to:

         1) organize household events
    2) keep all roommates in the know about schedules & any conflicts, for example: when one roommate has a test at school and won’t be home for dinner  one evening.

  • Roommates will also attend a  weekly get-together with other program’s participants, ASIS staff and participant’s parents. Participant’s family are strongly encouraged to attend.

  • ASIS will help you find a suitable 1-2 bedroom apartment near our our office which is located at Groupworks West ( at 11140 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232.

  • We’ll match a participant to roommates who are ASIS’ interns. Intern/Roommates will each receive free room & living expense stipends in exchange for working with individual with autism for up to 20 hours per week.

  • ASIS’ unit manager will oversee the apartment and he will report to Susan Osborne, the program director.

  • If the participant is the regional center consumer, then the regional center  may fund the stipends, staff salaries, and training expenses,  but in the meantime, we  will do our best to make it work. for you.