P-18: Autism into Adulthood: From Schools to the Workplace
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Transitioning to young adulthood is an exciting and challenging time for everyone. For young adults with special needs, this transition period can be particularly difficult. Over the next decade, about a half million people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) will reach adulthood. Young adults with ASD tend to have low rates of employment, are underemployed, and are poorly paid. Participants will be provided with (1) a brief update on the current research regarding the transition to college and the workplace for individuals with ASD, and (2) strategies to promote independence and improved outcomes for the individual and their caregivers.

Melissa McIntire, Tien Tran, graduate students, and Amy-Jane Griffiths, PhD, professor, Chapman University.

Strand: A, Topic: 6, Skill Level: III