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One of the biggest questions for parents of a child with autism is how your child will be able to succeed as an adult. Will they be independent or require group housing? Can they keep a job, or go to college? If they do live on their own, how will they know how to shop for groceries, travel on public transportation, or meet other people their age?
Even though there are many skills that should be introduced with a younger child, the official start on this path to adulthood recognized by many states including Ohio begins at age 14.
Upon entering eighth grade, your teen will need to focus on learning skills and performing tasks that will guide them towards that finish line of adulthood. Future Individualized Education Program (IEP) documents will be keeping the post-high school path in mind, whether it is college, employment or another path.
Focus on improving your child’s academic and functional achievements to facilitate the change from school to adulthood activities. Before the transition from school, plan for a coordinated set of activities for your teen, based on their needs, strengths, preferences and interests.
Think beyond the IEP to what you want for your child, and the best path to get there.
Does your current team serve your child’s adulthood needs? What kinds of professionals will be helpful? Milestones offers families and individuals consultations to help with the process.
Click here to learn how we can help with teen and adult services.
The IEP team which helps guide the transition process, develop a plan and review progress, does not continue to meet. After your child leaves high school no requirement continues for an adult team to meet on behalf of your child like the school IEP team. Once your child with ASD graduates from school, there is no legal mandate that says the school has to help appropriately connect with adulthood providers and supports.
You will need to plan for the transition of your young adult’s healthcare. Less than half of US youth with special health care needs receive the health care transition supports and services they need, according to the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.
“In the United States, thirty-five percent of Autistic 18-year-olds go to college. Of those American Autistics with university diplomas, only 15 percent are employed. This 85 percent unemployment rate (among college-educated Autistic adults) is massive—the general population’s unemployment rate (at all education levels) is only 4.5 percent."
-- Thinking Person's Guide to Autism blog article, "Why Is the Autistic Unemployment Rate So High?"
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