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Emily Helmboldt
Emily Helmboldt

Transition for Youth with Autism from School to Adulthood: Critical Considerations
Emily Helmboldt


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An increasing number of individuals with ASD are now entering high school and transitioning to adulthood.  For the student with ASD to have a successful transition to adulthood, thorough and systematic planning and preparation is required.  Transition planning must begin long before the student enters high school.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of the research regarding the outcomes of adults with ASD and will discuss the primary areas of concern for this group, including employment, residential living, social interactions, and community integration.  There will be special emphasis on various case studies of Project SEARCH,  outcomes as well as the VCU-RRTC supported employment program for young adults with ASD.  Ms. Helmboldt will discuss how to determine the student’s curriculum and prioritize skills through assessment and transition planning using an ecological approach.  Further, training resources for transition staff, family and individuals will be offered.