LifeMAP Coaching for Autistic Adults & Teens
How can LifeMAP life coaching help you?
LifeMAP life coaches help their Autistic and Neurodivergent clients create practical, individualized plans to improve their quality of life. Coaching offers practical assistance by focusing on skill development and setting measurable goals.
LifeMAP is staffed by highly trained professionals with expertise in working with Autistic adults and older teens. Coaches help clients use their strengths to identify and overcome the particular barriers they face. The ultimate goal of LifeMAP is for clients to improve their quality of life, increase their independence, and progress toward reaching their full potential.
For over 15 years LifeMAP has helped thousands of clients reach their personal goals in the areas of independent living, pre-employment, employment, college/education, recreation, relationships, community access, self-realization, and personal growth. Clients improve their executive function, social relationships, communication, and self-care skills. Their anxiety decreases and confidence increases during coaching.
LifeMAP coaching is available virtually to those living anywhere and in person in Massachusetts and other select locations in the United States.
If you want in-person coaching outside of Massachusetts, please reach out to LifeMAP staff to inquire about a coach in your area or see AANE-trained coaches in your area on our coach map.
Schedule a call to speak with a member of AANE’s LifeMAP staff, or fill out a form to be contacted by email.
“I was stuck for years, drifting and unable to find a job. WorkMAP changed my life, helping me find a job I loved that’s not only a job, but a career. I see a promising future for myself now.”— LifeMAP client, age 25
FREE WorkMAP Employment Coaching is Available through a Liberty Mutual Grant!
We are pleased to announce that Liberty Mutual Foundation has awarded AANE a two-year grant for $120,000 to support WorkMAP employment coaching for low- to moderate-income Autistic youth, through Liberty Mutual Foundation’s Youth Workforce Development Initiative!
If you are a post-high school Autistic young adult (between the ages of 18 and 30) with employment-related goals living in Boston*, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy, Randolph, or Somerville you may qualify for coaching under this grant.
Through the WorkMAP program, LifeMAP provides this coaching targeted specifically to employment-related goals. Schedule a call with a LifeMAP clinician to learn more about WorkMAP and explore opportunities under the Liberty Mutual Grant.
*Boston includes: Allston, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown–Leather District, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway-Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End, West Roxbury, and Wharf District
FREE WorkMAP Employment Coaching FAQs
WorkMAP coaches help clients:
– understand their strengths and interests
– brainstorm what jobs they might want
– build confidence in their work-related skills
– find ways to highlight their talents on a resume
– work on a plan to apply for jobs
– prepare for interviews or role-play work scenarios
– deal with anxiety, insecurity, or worries about finding or keeping a job
– see what went well with a job interview and what could be improved
– learn how to feel more comfortable in interviews or with co-workers
– figure out why your previous or current job searches or jobs didn’t work out
– determine ways to gain volunteer or work experience to move up in a career
– continued support once you’ve found a job
Who can get free coaching?
– Autistic and similarly Neurodivergent adults 18-30 years old who are out of high school
– must live in Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy, Randolph, or Somerville
– identify as low- to moderate-income
– no formal diagnosis is required
How has WorkMAP coaching helped other people?
One client who had worked as a stocker at a car lot got their dream job at a leading cancer research facility. Coaches helped him practice mock interviews and overcome his anxiety and fears throughout the process. He recently got a raise and a promotion during his 1 year review.
One client used volunteer experience to get her very first job as a receptionist.
One client accepted a full-time job offer from a leading technology company with a sign-on bonus. The coach helped him create a job search plan step-by-step.
What services are covered?
Each client accepted to the program will receive up to 36 hours of free coaching. The total value of this program, offered free to eligible clients is up to $4,700 per client. Without this grant, the cost of an intake interview is $325 and coaching is $130 per hour. Coaching typically consists of weekly one-hour sessions.
Can coaching really help?
The proof is in the numbers: LifeMAP coaching has helped over 2,600 clients reach their personal goals since 2008.
Time and time again, clients who have struggled for years to reach their personal goals find LifeMAP coaching to be a supportive service that helps them launch their success. Through the WorkMAP program, LifeMAP provides this coaching targeted specifically to employment-related goals.
Whether they are unsure of what type of job they want, are struggling to land a 2nd interview, need to build workplace confidence, maintaining job hunt motivation, evaluating setbacks, aren’t sure where to start in trying to find a job, or want an encouraging 3rd-party perspective, LifeMAP has helped client after client for over 15 years.
What are the steps to apply and participate?
LifeMAP will then schedule eligible clients for an intake interview where clients will talk to their coach about their goals and what they want to get out of the program. The coach will ask for some information, such as name, job or school history, living situation, health, transportation options, and basic autobiographical questions.
The coach and client will coordinate when and where sessions will occur (online or in-person in Boston).
In coaching sessions, discussions might include a job search plan, what type of jobs would be a good match for you, how to create a resume, how to find good job opportunities or practice interviewing.
LifeMAP Has the Right Autism Coach Program for You
With such diversity in the autism community and a variety of individual needs, finding the perfect coaching support can be difficult. This is why AANE has created a number of targeted LifeMAP coaching programs, designed to match you and your goals.
Don’t see your goal listed – don’t worry! LifeMAP coaches also work with clients to reach any goal the client chooses!
Through one-on-one support sessions, coaches help their clients perform executive functioning tasks such as planning, accessing social opportunities, and acquiring skills necessary for employment.
CollegeMAP focuses on helping students manage their workload, communicate with college personnel, and identify campus supports and resources.
LifeMAP for Teens
Coaches and clients, working in collaboration with parents, identify the specific hurdles unique to each teenage client. Together they create opportunities for personal growth and lay the foundations for a successful transition to adulthood.
The focus of WorkMAP is to help the individual increase their self-awareness, set up a job-search routine, network, identify a good fit employment situation, obtain the job, and then succeed in that work environment.
LifeMAP for Over 50
LifeMAP for Over 50 is a pilot program that provides individualized coaching. This offers assistance with planning and accessing public benefits, preparing for retirement, developing structure to stay active and socially connected, managing anxiety, and improving quality of life.
AANE has designed a 10-session intensive interview preparation and rehearsal employment program. The curriculum for the program includes, networking, phone interviews, appropriate dress, nonverbal communication and responding to questions.
LifeMAP Free Virtual Info Sessions and Info Calls
LifeMAP info sessions provide an overview of the LifeMAP coaching program, coaching process, steps to apply, and time to ask staff questions. Registration is required and space is limited.
If you would like to schedule your free info call right away instead, contact us today to schedule your private session.
Learn About Funding Sources for LifeMAP Coaching
LifeMAP Coaching is a private-pay, fee-based service. Sliding scale options may be available on a limited basis. Please schedule a free call to discuss financial aid. Other funding sources for LifeMAP coaching are listed below.
If you are a client of the following state agencies you may be able to receive LifeMAP coaching for free:
Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
New Hampshire Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR New Hampshire)
Liberty Mutual Grant for Boston, MA Autistic and Neurodivergent residents seeking work
Please contact your service coordinator within the agency to discuss this option or request a referral.
The following types of organizations have funded LifeMAP coaching in the past:
Public high schools
Universities, colleges, and Community Colleges
Please schedule a free call for more information on gaining funding from schools or corporations.
“This resource is lifesaving. I have been looking for this kind of support for over a decade. It was an indescribable relief to FINALLY get the kind of help I needed after not being able to find it for so long. I was able to find a job that actually fits me and is sustainable for the first time in my life”— LifeMAP client
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