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Organization for Autism Research: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood

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?

This guide includes information on:

  • 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

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