Roadmap to the future - Transitioning into Adulthood with ASD
Preparing Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for Adulthood
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Becoming an adult is a gradual process. It isn’t an event that occurs suddenly. It is a journey with peaks and valleys. Every family hopes that the destination of this journey will be a fulfilling adult life for their son or daughter. When, where and how to plan for the future as an adult will be unique to each individual and based on their own needs and desires.

Many families ask, “Am I too late to begin planning for my child’s future as an adult”? The answer is no!  It is never too late! The worst thing to do is nothing!  Take the opportunity to celebrate your son or daughter's time as an adolescent and move forward with anticipation and excitement.

Having a plan for the future can lead to a quality life as an adult. In the video below two friends, Erik and Bobby, share their plans for the future as they talk about expectations for college and careers and what it is like living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Use the links below to help you begin planning for the future.

  • Transition Planning Process
    • Knowing where to find help in planning for the future is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. But, using tools to prepare for life as an adult will help with the process of discovery, setting goals and linking with services for supports.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    • IDEA, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, is our nation’s special education law. The IDEA guides how states, school districts, and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. For online trainings about transition requirements visit the MPACT website.
  • Youth Involvement
    • It is important for youth be involved in planning for their future. Each individual is unique and should have the opportunity to express their wants and needs in the planning process. Strategies for providing these opportunities can be found on this page.
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Transition Roadmap
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