BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL: THE TRANSITION

Coming of Age: Autism and The Transition to Adulthood
The road to adulthood officially begins for many teens when they graduate. But for people with autism, leaving high school is a more monumental step, one that will transform their relationship to services and supports.

Daily Living Skills: A Key to Independence for People with Autism.
A "surprising" number of teens with autism struggle with daily living skills — hygiene, riding a bus, shopping or preparing a meal — regardless of intelligence. Experts say it's important to focus on teaching such skills as a key to independence.

Autism and the College Experience
Many students struggle to adjust to the challenges of college: dorms, independence, tough classes and a new social world. But for people with autism, the transition can be more dramatic. How should they prepare?

Finding a College Program for Students with Autism
Regardless of where a student falls on the autism spectrum, whether he was valedictorian or left high school without a diploma, there is a college program for him. But it will take a little research to find the right fit. Here are some resources and tips that can help.

What Will Happen When the School Bus Stops Coming?
Three families share their stories about the transition to adulthood with autism. What should someone with autism and his family do to prepare for life after graduation?

Leaving the Pediatrician: Charting the Medical Transition of Youth with Autism
Few teens with autism are prepared for a vital transition, that from pediatric doctors to providers who treat adults. A smooth transition is crucial because adults with autism have more medical and psychiatric problems than other people. Find out what you can do.

Video on Autism and Skills For Adulthood
In this video, Dr. Peter Gerhardt discusses the adaptive skills that teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder need to acquire to help them lead safe, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. These skills include safety, hygiene, employment, social competence, decision-making, self-management, leisure, and communication.

Autism in the Teen Years: What to Expect, How to Help
What parent doesn't watch their "tween" become a teen without a twinge of anxiety? Factor autism into the equation, and parents may well wonder how the physical and hormonal changes of adolescence will affect their child on the spectrum. Find out what researchers and experts say about autism during the teen years.

Autism Beyond High School
Unprecedented numbers of young people with ASD will be making the transition to adulthood over the next few years. In this article, we briefly explore some of the programs available to adults with ASD who qualify; the small amount of research on provision of adult services available so far; and efforts by families and others to improve the prospects of adults with ASD.

Deciding When to Disclose
High functioning adults who do not show very obvious signs of having an ASD often face a decision: when and if to disclose their ASD at school, work, or in relationships. Read about factors to consider when making disclosure decisions.

Transitioning to adulthood

The transition to adulthood can invoke feelings of uncertainty and even fear about the future. As caregivers, you may be wondering where your son or daughter can manage without you, and if so, where he can live, whether she can continue in school, whether he’ll drive, and where she might be able to work.

http://www.autismconsortium.org/families/transitioning-to-adulthood