Aarambha Vocational Unit

Sanjeet Dikshyanta Aditya Sylvia

AutismCare Nepal Society (ACNS) has started Aarambha Vocational Unit since 2013. This unit plays significant role in adult with autism for enhancing their independence, self- reliance and confidence. Vocational Unit is a place where young adult with autism utilized their previous pre- vocational training for their work for their independence, self-reliance and better life.

Work is considered therapeutic and essential for both physiological survival and psychological well-being of person in contemporary society.

Aarambha Vocational Unit has promoted the equal treatment and equal opportunity for person with autism, including in skill development and empowering.

AutismCare Nepal Society (ACNS) belief that every individual has different interest and capacity, the ACNS Aarambha Vocational Unit support adult with autism to develop their interests in vocational and work skill to the best of their individual potential after providing Pre-Vocational Training. Autism, being a lifelong condition, developing appropriate vocational skills is very much important for their sense of self worth, irrespective of the degree of their support needs.

Before working in Vocational Unit, Children with Autism (CWA’s), aged from 12-18 were trained on vocational skills with special teaching learning procedure using the Picture Exchange and Communication System (PECS).  In this training period, special educators and vocational trainers together analyze the CWA’s interests and capacity of working in different areas. Initially, the pre vocational training is started with 15 minutes for every child but later the time period is increased according with their interest and capacity of working of CWAs. In pre vocational, CWA are prepared for the vocational unit.

ACNS Vocational Unit provides adult with autism a work environment that builds on individual strengths and structured to promote independence. ACNS Vocational Unit provides following training to adult with autism:

  1. Loom
  2. Sewing
  3. Stitching
  4. Nepali handmade paper products making
  5. Beading

Products made at the ACNS Vocational Unit includes mufflers, mobile bags, tea mats, key rings, earrings, potes, anklets, bracelets, toran, envelopes, greeting cards, gift box, dairy, paper pencil and candle.