The Print Room is a new and innovative project which will create a pathway to employment for young people aged 16-30 years from the Southern Health and Social Trust (SHSCT) area whom have a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who currently have or who are in the process of disengaging with education, employment and training. The Print Room is the culmination of two years of research and development which has been carried out through the running of a pilot project between the Appleby Trust and the Autism Specialist Intervention Team (ASIT) from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT),
The Print Room will erase the barriers that have prevented young people with ASD from engaging in employment, education and training and will create a pathway to employment with the opportunity to gain new computer and design skills in the print Room and through the introduction of a supported employment element with work placements in the community. This pathway will engage the young people by creating a centre of excellence, which manages and addresses their difficulties, promotes productivity, by using, nurturing and building on the young peoples own creative, innovative and innate talents.
This project will go the important step further by not only providing a place where the young person can go and be understood but gain design and IT skills with targeted social skills training through ASIT; which will target work place appropriateness, anxiety, transition training and social skills. The project will develop a business structure for future sustainability and move the project forward as a social economy with its own identity.