Autism & Transition

A collection of resources on Autism and the Transition process from k-12, to post-secondary education, work, and community life commonly referred to as transition. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Family members of adolescents and young adults with autism between the ages of 14 and 22 may request a complimentary hard copy of the Transition Tool Kit by filling out the Transition Tool Kit order form. For professionals, service providers, and family members of individuals with autism outside the ages of 14 and 22, we encourage you to download the kit free of charge.

Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College. April 13, 2011 KUNCFor students living with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, the everyday social interactions of college life can be awkward. So as more kids with autism head off to college, there’s a growing demand for college services to help students fit in, graduate and ultimately find jobs.

Transition to Employment and Independent Living for Individuals with Autism and Aspergers By Temple Grandin Temple shares how she got where she is today through a descriptive time-line beginning when she was 13 years old.

Life Journey through Autism Series: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood (Guía para la Transición a la Edad Adulta) In this, the fourth volume in the OAR Life Journey Through Autism series, we provide 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 systerms 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.

New York Times- Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World In-depth, front page article/video covering a year with Justin Canha, a young man with autism who is part of an new transition program to ready him for an independent life as an adult.