Parents are always worried about what will happen to their children when they reach an age where they are unable to attend the Wings for Life school any longer or even worse, what will happen to their adult children when they cannot take care of them anymore due to ageing or death. This burden is a reality to us as well as we engage with these children every day. Currently our oldest learner are 18 years old.
Without adult programs and a long-term vision of the Wings for Life School, these adult children have a bleak future being absorbed in society and finding their purpose. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have the ability and desire to work, but there are still several obstructions. Research overwhelmingly demonstrates disappointing employment outcomes for this group. The vast majority is unemployed and for those who do have gainful employment, underemployment is common.
It is the dream and vision of Wings for Life to create skills development opportunities, employment prospects and sustainable income creation for these individuals.
Bethel Home is the house that Wings for Life purchased in May 2018 making this dream and vision a reality. It is situated in 4 Beethoven Street, Vanderbijlpark and it is the ideal place to create the opportunities we have envisioned for our maturing learners and other individuals with special needs from outside. The potential and skills we can teach and through the house generate work and a sustainable income, include the following: