“Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn."
Knowledge/potential to successfully manage money is dependent upon functional level for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Whether graduating at age 18 or receiving Special Education services until age 21, knowledge of money and separate areas of managing and budgeting are areas of need for anyone in the Spectrum. Practical use is the textbook, and this manual is not in the backpack of high school teenagers in the American public school system. Achieving maximum levels of independence is a central goal of the Mosaics Learning System©. Independent management and successful budgeting normally require functional, practical use for mastery of skill. Young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) must obtain knowledge and learn to manage/use money in a functional manner to further the ability to care for self. Regardless of residential location and level of supervision, management of finances is a way to increase one’s maximum level of independence in daily living. Upon close of the Money Counts© program, participant’s quality of life will become improved with increased independent functioning. Successful management of finances will be practiced for general participation in Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). Shopping, engagement in recreational activities, dining out, renting an apartment and/or paying for transportation, as applicable, earning a salary, and successfully maintaining a budget to plan/keep track of the listed expenditures will be practiced with a budgeting notebook and technological devices.