Transition Education for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Authored by: Brenda Smith Myles , Daniel E. Steere

Handbook of Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415872782
eBook ISBN: 9780203837320
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869761


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As detailed in previous chapters in this book, effective transition planning is essential to helping young people with disabilities achieve a satisfying and successful adult life. Although this chapter will address the unique concerns of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), we remind readers that the fundamentals of effective transition planning for all young people apply also to individuals with ASD (Steere, Rose, & Cavaiulo, 2007). These fundamentals include:

A support network of family, friends, teachers, and other professionals who can assist the young person in transition planning;

Accurate and comprehensive assessments of students’ interests, strengths, needs, and abilities;

Assistance to the young person in clarifying a vision of success in adult life;

A planning process that translates the desired vision of success into transition goals or outcomes that will drive the transition-planning process;

Curricular content that is challenging and that prepares the student to attain their desired post-school outcomes;

Active student involvement in planning;

Family and caregiver involvement in planning;

Assistance from and collaboration with adult service agencies and sources of natural community support; and

Ongoing refinement and adjustment of the transition plan as students gain experiences related to their desired post-school outcomes.

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