Located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Beacon Transitions specializes in working with young adults who present with learning disabilities, generally in the form of autism spectrum disorder, who are looking to live a life of more independence. Whether our clients are just starting out after high school, or have experienced some of life’s roadblocks during their college careers and young adult lives, they recognize that they need support in meeting incremental goals that align with their long term plans. All of our clients have come to us with emerging skills in all areas of independence, but need coaching and guidance from a support system that can help them become fully engaged.
Our Mission is to provide individualized services to our residents as they pursue goals related to personal independence, higher education, social and emotional resilience, and family relationships.
Our Licensed Clinical Team is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Our Case Managers provide individual services to each resident and their family as they transition into adulthood and achieve their goals. Our Teachers, Direct Care Team, and Employment Specialists work one on one with our clients to help them learn the skills needed to self-actualize and hit targeted milestones of achievement
At Beacon, we're able to help students achieve success because success is defined largely by the client themselves. Completion of our program often means that participants are either employed, with the skills and supports needed to live Independently, or in a college setting, developing long term career skills. If and when there is a deviation from either path, we strive to support our clients by lighting the flame that fuels their ambition.
Beacon Transitions accepts clients that have made a conscious decision to enroll. The admissions process consists of a meeting between the client and the team, a review of any related psychological testing, transparent communication with any previously attended programs and clinicians, and an application for admission.
Get in touch with our admissions department to speak with us about the services we provide.
Our Education Specialists help engage our residents and find appropriate job placements in the community. We've developed strong relationships with local companies and employers to help ensure the right fit. Through working with Vocational Rehabilitation of North Carolina, we are able to connect residents with on-site job coaching if appropriate. With an emphasis on trade skills, our clients leave with he certifications and training to secure gainful employment beyond entry-level positions
During Money Manangement class, residents learn how to budget, spend wisely, and invest in their future. Each resident has the opportunity to earn money, and learn how to manage it. When appropriate, we will connect residents with the public social services they are eligible for
With several fitness classes and labs per week, Our residents have opportunities to learn how to exercise, or pursue individual fitness goals. Each resident is provided a membership to a local Gym and we encourage engagement in community fitness events like 5K runs, Bike Tours, and Nature walks
We believe building strong interpersonal relationship skills is paramount to success. Our residents engage in individual sessions, participate in local clubs, volunteering groups, and community-based activities, and are encouraged to work with a local psychiatrist for medication management
In our Main residential facility, residents learn how to co-occupy living space, and maintain their personal belongings. In Home Living class, residents are taught the skills to prepare food, clean or furnish their rooms or apartments, and engage in self-care. All residents have access to communal meals, with the option to purchase their own food as it aligns with their nutritional plan
Unfortunately, we aren't able to accept Insurance to cover monthly tuition. We can help connect our clients with Social Security benefits and Medicaid if they qualify. This may assist with covering medications, doctor visits, and affordable housing once they transition out of Beacon.
17.5-28 is the age range we can admit, with the average being 19-21. We do accept some outliers, with certain extra accommodations in regards to guardianship and willingness to participate.
While we encourage families to spend time together on visits, especially during Holidays, We operate 365 days a year, and are staffed 24/7 by certified and licensed professionals
Many of our clients complete assessment programs like Wilderness, or come from other residential programs, but it is not a prerequisite. We are able to do a comprehensive evaluation to assess each clients needs as they enter the program. Beacon is intended to be the last program young adults attend before transitioning to living independently.
While each client and their needs are unique, our Residential program is intended to be an average of twelve months, and we ask for a six month commitment. Beacon qualifies outcomes by metrics specific to the population we serve. The ability to live independent of supervision is the goal of our clients, and the path each one travels to get there is different. Often after clients have developed the skills to be successful in a workplace or college environment, they are ready to transition to living off campus.
All of our Staff have been vaccinated, and we will provide the opportunity for clients to get vaccinated as it becomes available
In Phase one, our clients move into our Main residential Facility. They enter under a greater level of supervision, including oversight of medication compliance, transportation to and from work and volunteer commitments, engagement in the program structure, such as classes, labs, fitness routines, and group meals, and monitored wireless access. Each client is accommodated with their own room, food, meal planning, and personal hygiene needs.
Clients are eligible for Phase Two after a minimum of 6 months in the Program. In Phase two, they transition into individual apartments that are on the same property as the main house. Pre-requisites for phase two include employment, demonstrating an ability to self administer medications without supervision if applicable, and accruing a fixed dollar amount in savings. With greater privilege, comes greater responsibility. Clients will do their own grocery shopping, have the ability to bring a personal vehicle to campus and use it for transportation to and from work, and will engage in clinical services consistently, including group and individual therapy sessions
In Phase Three, Clients transition from living at Beacon Transitions, to an apartment or house in the surrounding area, typically either Asheville or Hendersonville. They are assisted in this transition by their collective team, including their Case Manager, Clinician, LifeTutors Coach and The Directors. They will continue to receive services, including one on one sessions, coaching, counseling, and wellness checks, but by this point, clients have demonstrated an ability to live almost entirely independently