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Adulthood brings increasing levels of independence, choice, and personal control. For students in special education, adulthood begins with what is known in the special education system as “transition” — when an individual leaves the K-12 education system. As it is for everyone beginning their adult lives, the transition period is marked by great potential — and significant uncertainty. It is crucial for autistic young adults and their families to approach the transition process empowered by thoughtful planning.

Updated in 2021, OAR’s Guide for Transition to Adulthood takes families through the transition process. Part guidebook and part workbook, this resource helps families navigate the transition process and beyond. This resource provides:

  • Guidance and tips about developing a transition plan.
  • Information about developing support for employment, postsecondary education, independent living, life skills, and more. 
  • Worksheets to aid a parent or young adult in setting goals and making plans. 

The guidebook is designed for parents and caregivers of autistic young adults with a range of support needs. It is also a helpful resource for transition coordinators, guidance counselors, educators, and other education professionals to use in their work with autistic young adults and their families. 

A Guide for Transition to Adulthood is available in both hard copy and interactive PDF. For any questions, including bulk order inquiries, contact Cate Hickman, Community Outreach Associate.