What is UnikLearn?
UnikLearn is a vocational training and internship program designed by professional therapists for autistic youths.
Autistic individuals are highly skilled but face challenges in finding employment. The purpose of this training is to help them overcome the challenges including learning and interpreting social cues, team work and multi tasking skills. People with autism also face major challenges in communication and social awareness which makes it difficult for them in a potential workplace. For example, they might be highly skilled for one job position but may face barriers in getting the job itself because of their difference in communication ways.
What is the process of UnikLearn?
The program is open to individuals age 16 and above diagnosed within the autism spectrum disorder or with developmental delays. Once the trainees register, an assessment will be performed. They will then enter the training phase under the supervision of trained therapists and supervisors. After the training phase, we will place them in work placements under the UnikKone pop ups which eventually leads to employment. By that time, we hope to expand our work placements to other training grounds.
What does the overall program and fees cover?
Fee includes one to one supervision, case managers, personalised assessments to ensure that the clients reach their expected milestone.
Depending on the client's cognitive ability and willingness to learn, the program is expected to run over a period of 6 months before the clients are placed to their work placements.
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What is UnikKone?
UnikKone is a premium brand ice cream that is produced specially for UnikLearn. The autistic trainees will be involved in the front line and serving of these excitingly flavoured ice creams. These ice cream will be sold at pop ups based at Progresif HQ. Proceeds from UnikKone will go to UnikLearn program’s fund.
What is expected from this pilot phase?
This is one of the first initiatives to be done in the nation and we hope to get the public’s support. This pilot project hopes to empower special needs individuals by equipping them with set skills for them to lead meaningful lives. We also hope to promote inclusion and acceptance in society. Hence, getting these students involved in the process. As this is a pilot, we hope to make this program sustainable by maintaining the quality and development of the training so that it will be at par - or maybe even better - with other social enterprises within the region.