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Frequently Asked Questions

How does TAP work?

After an initial meeting with us, an assessment of needs is completed for each person. This assessment captures where they are now, where they would like to be, and what is needed to support that journey. We look at the strengths and challenges of each person, what has worked for them in the past and the type of service that they would gain most benefit from in the future.

Assessments are completed in a number of different environments, for example, at home, in school, in other services, or at our own service in Letterkenny.

How is the individual included in planning for their future?

A person-centred plan (PCP) is created, based on a person's specific needs and goals, addressing both their present circumstances and future aspirations. We place the individual at the centre of all conversations and listen to their ambitions and dreams for a positive future.

The plan will include identifying a person's preferred educational and training options. We explore challenging behaviours that may be causing barriers to progression and identify positive supports. We also support the individual in establishing sustainable links with the community. Working in a spirit of partnership, we ensure that the voice of each person and their family is heard.

Who can avail of TAP?

The service is aimed at people who:

  • Have a diagnosis of ASD or an intellectual disability with autistic tendencies
  • Are between 16 and 18 years of age
  • Are in receipt of Disability Allowance

People can be in attendance at school or other services (full-time or part-time) and still avail of the TAP service.

 

How long is the programme?

The duration of the service is really dependent on each person and their planning needs.

What will TAP do for me?

On completion of TAP, individuals with ASD will have made a smooth transition from child to adult services. They will have:

  • Developed a person-centred plan to help create a positive future
  • Expanded their life options in training, education, employment and community participation
  • Created a circle of support to further develop and implement actions arising from their person-centred plan.

Looking for help?

If you have a question that isn't answered in the above FAQ, don't hesitate to contact us.