Passport to Independence
In 2015, BI launched Passport to Independence (PTI) to better meet the immediate needs of our region’s rapidly expanding population of young adults with autism. PTI offers a customized approach in a small staff to client ratio (1:2) that helps adults on the autism spectrum understand and improve the skills they need to be engaged and successful members of our community. PTI is committed to implementing a person-centered philosophy that focuses on finding the balance of what is important to someone and what is important for someone in a fun and innovative environment. Support is offered to develop and maintain the web of relationships that defines “community”; this may include exploring employment, volunteer, social and/or recreational opportunities. Individuals accepted into this program will benefit from building meaningful community connections through direct teaching, hands-on activities, and personalized goals.
Being here at BI and my group home is the least amount of anxiety I’ve had in my life because I have the help I need, even though I’ll always have anxiety. Right now my anxiety goes from low to high but it doesn’t go extreme anymore because I have the help I need.