Life Journey Through Autism: Guide for Transition to Adulthood

By Organization for Autism Research

This publication provides an overview of the transition-to-adulthood process, with an emphasis on:  

  • The importance of early planning beginning no later than age 16 years and, at times, as early as age 14 years (or younger).
  • The importance of collaboration between the transitioning individual, their family and friends, interested community members, the schools' professional staff, and representatives from adult service systems in the transition to adulthood process.
  • The importance of community-based instruction in the development of skills associated with a more independent adulthood.
  • The fact that individualized, effective transition planning is effortful and time consuming but, when done well, a fulfilling life as an adult is possible.

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