Bobby Trimble presents himself as polite, social and friendly. However, he explains that he hasn’t always been that way. Before joining the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) ten years ago, Bobby was quiet and uncomfortable in most social situations. He became more comfortable with social engagements and public settings by practicing different social skills with his supports team. Through role playing, the use of social stories, and coaching developed based on his individualized needs, Bobby became more prepared to navigate different social exchanges such as grocery shopping, joining others in a basketball game at the local recreation center, and making important phone calls to request information or schedule appointments.
Further, Bobby’s skill development through ACAP has aided him in living more independently through getting his driver’s license, securing competitive employment at The Shopping News, and moving out of his parents’ home to live on his own. Bobby stated that while the transition to living on his own was difficult at first, “Everyone wants to be independent. I know that I can be myself but still learn with help from my parents and other supports.”
Bobby continues to work on living independently while fostering natural relationships with people in his community. He goes to dinner with co-workers, frequents the local recreation center to play basketball, where Bobby has a mean three-point shot, and participates in athletic competitions through the area’s Special Olympics program.
Please join us in celebrating Bobby’s personal growth in his individualized path of independence.
If you’re interested in learning more about ACAP, more information can be found at https://www.khs.org/what-we-do/autism-services/.