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Transition From School to Adulthood for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Wehman, P., Schall, C., Carr, S., Targett, P., & West, M., Cifu, G.

Wehman, P., Schall, C., Carr, S., Targett, P., West, M. & Cifu, G. (2014). Transition From School to Adulthood for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 25(1), 30-40.

Youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience poor outcomes in the areas of independence, employment, and postsecondary education. This article provides a critical review of the key aspects of the transition process and identifies recommendations for policy and practice. The review highlights the literature and explores recommendations across the manifold elements of this transition, including social and psychological development, high school curriculum, work, and college. Five policy recommendations are outlined in the areas of school curriculum, employment development, postsecondary education, inclusion with nondisabled peers, and systematic instruction. Finally, the authors offer recommendations for further research in the areas of social interaction, increased academic and vocational rigor, employment, technology, independence, and postsecondary education.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1044207313518071