Transition to adulthood guide

Adulthood is more than just a chronological state. Adulthood represents a time in one’s life where there are increased levels of independence, choice, responsibility, and personal control. Adulthood is the defining period of one’s life and, while we may look back fondly on our childhood, it is our accomplishments as adults for which we are generally most proud. Why, then, should adulthood for the person with an autism spectrum disorder be viewed any differently?

In this, the fourth volume in the Life Journey Through Autism series, we provide information about the transition-to-adulthood process including:

  • Early planning
  • How to collaborate with family, friends, community members, school staff, and representatives from adult service systems
  • Vocation and employment
  • Postsecondary education options and decision-making tools
  • The impact of community-based instruction in the development of independent-living skills