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ACCESS Program

ACCESS offers opportunities for young adults with differential learning needs to learn socially significant goals within the community. It provides young adults with individualized instruction using evidence-based practices and evolves based on the available data. The specialized program team, are committed to ensuring our young adults receive a program that is grounded in scientific support and adheres to international standards of best practice.

The Program

Why ACCESS

ACCESS offers meaningful inclusive opportunities for adults with differential learning needs to learn socially significant goals within the community. It provides young adults with individualized instruction using evidence-based practices and evolves based on the individual's needs and progress. The specialized program team is committed to ensuring our adults receive a program that is grounded in scientific support and adheres to international standards of best practice.

The curriculum extends upon the adults’ achievements and is delivered within work placements, voluntary organizations, and a variety of other community settings. In situ learning experiences provide our participants with the best possibilities of meaningful acquisition, generalization, and maintenance of skills, which are necessary for workplace and community inclusion.

Real world learning experiences to develop real world skills

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As we recognize each adult as an individual, with their own unique interests and strengths, our program is tailored to explore preferences, build self-confidence, and teach socially significant skills that will empower each person to reach their own potential.

  1. Empower young adults to become independent agents of change.

  2. Transform community mindsets which values acceptance and diversity

  3. Advocate for inclusive work environment

  4. Create meaningful community inclusion

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The ACCESS Program is designed to teach life long learning beyond the classroom, to meet the needs of young adults from 18 years and up, diagnosed with learning, intellectual, and developmental difficulties. The program is available in full and part-time options. ACCESS offers:

  • An individualized program designed to meet the unique needs of the participant

  • One-on-one and group training

  • Direct workplace skills based on each individual’s strengths and interests

  • Targeted job skills through in situ job coaching and work experience opportunities

  • Data-driven analysis, ongoing performance monitoring delivered by highly trained staff

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    Dr David Claivaz, IIL

    I am deeply impressed with the generous and sincere engagement of ASK in favor of kids with Special Education Needs, as well as the neurotypical ones.

    I wrote an IIL Blog Post called “The Essence of Learning”. Google the title to find out more.

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    Parent

    It was very helpful to have so much positive feedback on the idea of James going into a special school as I was not sure that it was the best thing for him, but it looks like it is a very good option. It’s important to have a group where you can say almost anything and not feel judged or criticised to get the feedback, support and ideas from others and be able to off load a bit of the pressure !

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    School administrator

    “When you walk around ASK Summer Camp for the first time, you recognize all the signs of a great camp: colors, music, laughs, excited kids and even more excited staff. A closer look at the very specific set of activities make you realize that you have reached a place in which learning is back to its roots, the freeing of the learner.”

Our Team

Dr. Jennifer Holloway

C.Psychol., Ps.S.I., BCBA-D
ACCESS Director

Jennifer is the Director of the ACCESS program, a Chartered Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She worked with adults with differential learning needs within clinical services and the university settings. Jennifer has published many articles on evidenced based interventions and social inclusion for adults. In her role as Director of the ACCESS program, Jennifer works closely with the ACCESS team to support the delivery of the program and makes adaptations to curricula and practices to ensure the program is individualized to meet the learning needs of the interns. 

Kavita Singh

Clinical Psycholoist, MA

I am Kavita. I am working with ACCESS program as a facilitator. I obtained my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Mumbai University, India. I am skilled in diagnosis and providing customized therapy. I have worked with multiple age groups in multicultural settings. I am looking forward to supporting the interns to achieve their potential within community settings.

Tanya Esmeral

Psychologist, MS

I am Tanya, I am a psychologist with a Masters Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training. I am an ACCESS Coach. I have worked with adults with different emotional difficulties, particularly anxiety disorders and clients who are looking for life long and sustainables changes through behavioral interventions. I am looking forward to working with the ACCESS community.

Laura Alfageme

BSc SLT

My name is Laura and I am a coach in the access program. I am a British trained and qualified speech and language therapist working with patients with learning differences, autism and speech and language difficulties. I have worked with young adults on social skills and independence skills in small group settings and raising their self esteem to support them to become members of their wider social communities. I look forward to working with all our interns in the ACCESS program.

Nicole Hanna

MSc ABA

My name is Nicole. I am currently employed as the ACCESS Program Supervisor. I have obtained an MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from the National University of Ireland, Galway. I have worked within adult disability services in Galway, Ireland. My area of interest is developing social skills and supporting young adults to be more independent and included within their local communities. I am very much looking forward to working with the interns at ACCESS.

Jawan

Clinical Psychologist, MA

My name is Jawan and I am a facilitator in the access program. I am combining my knowledge in sociology/anthropology and my expertise as a health coach to push the interns’ potential. I also have more than two years of experience as a Project Manager working in the disability sector. I am happy to work with the interns to develop their cooking skills, give them the right tools to eat healthy nutritious food and help them to achieve their goals.

Who Will Benefit

The ACCESS program aims to support young adults aged from 18 years, with differential learning needs and a motivation to explore and learn new skills which are designed to improve social and community inclusion opportunities. Differential learning needs can include;

  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Downs Syndrome

Curricular Areas

The curriculum extends upon young adults’ achievements and is delivered within the community. In situ learning experiences provide our participants with the best possibilities of meaningful acquisition and maintenance of skills, which are necessary for work place and community inclusion.

Our curriculum is individualized to meet the specific needs of each young adult and targets areas such as; independent living skills (e.g., cookery), social communication (e.g., developing friendships), and employment preparation and experience (e.g., work placements), health & well being (e.g., positive mental health), community skills (e.g., volunteering) and organization skills.

Registration

Parents or young adults who wish to apply for a place are invited to contact the office to arrange to meet with a member of the ACCESS team. At this meeting, we will discuss how the program might meet the individual’s needs. Registration forms and information on fees will be given at the initial meeting.

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Our Modules

January 2022

Culinary SkillsYoung AdultOngoing

Nutrition and health eating form an important part of daily ...
10 Jan - 20 Jun
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)
April 2022

ACCESS Program Term 3Young Adult

The ACCESS Program is designed to teach life long learning ...
11 Apr - 24 Jun
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
ASK Geneva
Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)
July 2022

ACCESS Summer ClubYoung Adult

The ACCESS Club program is designed for young adults ages 18-30 who are on track to achieve supported independence and become healthy and responsible adults. Focusing on socialization with same-age peers and community involvement, the ACCESS Club is an opportunity to practice social, independent living and pre-vocational skills within a supported communal setting. ...
04 - 29 Jul
All Day
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Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)
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