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Transition to Adulthood

Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism is a consortium of organizations with the goal of increasing both private and public support specifically for adults with ASD. AFAA's website has more information about their goals, resources and news, as well as links to an active Facebook page.

Autism After 16 is a website for individuals with ASD and the families and professionals who support them. It includes extensive information about transition, postsecondary life, employment, housing, finance, health, and more.

Autism Speaks highlights stories about employees with ASD and testimonials from their employers in their Autism in the Workplace section.

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN is advancing the disability rights movement for those with ASD. The organization organizes local chapters, resources, and several projects, including Autism Campus Inclusion and the Autistic Leaders Project.


Future Planning

Growing into Adulthood Information and Resources


Information for prospective Kentucky college students, parents and high school counselors





Additional Resources:


This PBS Newshour video (air date April 22, 2011) covers the topic of autism in adults.



The Programming Hope Documentary trailer discusses the problem approximately 90% of adults with autism face: unemployment or underemployment. Programming Hope documents a high tech programming company that employs individuals with ASD. The full documentary is scheduled to be released in 2013.



The Autistic Global Initiative (AGI) of the Autism Research Institute and a team of 15 curriculum experts from across the United States have developed an online course designed for those who support individuals with autism and related disabilities in daily living and residential settings. The AGI Residential/Daily Living Support Course provides parents, siblings, family members, in-home support workers, agency support providers, and volunteers from the community the foundational knowledge, competencies, and tools necessary to support the daily living needs of transition aged students, young adults, and adults with ASD.


Articles and Research


Cimera, R., Wehman, P., West, M. & Burgess, S. (2012). Do Sheltered Workshops Enhance Employment Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder?. Autism, 16(1), 87-94.




Hendricks, D. (2010). Employment and adults with autism spectrum disorders: Challenges and strategies for success. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(2), 125-134.




McDonough, J. & Revell, G. (2010). Accessing employment supports in the adult system for transitioning youth with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(2), 89-100.




Wehman, P. (2011). Employment for Persons with Disabilities: Where are we now and where do we need to go? Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 35(3), 145-151.


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