August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Older Students and Transition

Thursday, August 9, 2018 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

For many individuals on the autism spectrum, graduation from high school (whether at age 18- or 21-years) is also a time of “aging out” of entitlement services guaranteed under IDEA. Unfortunately, research indicates that most graduates with autism will have “a difficult time following high school for almost any outcome they choose - working, continuing school, living independently, socializing and participating in the community, and staying healthy and safe. To complicate matters, many such youth begin their journey into adulthood by stepping off a services cliff.” Roux, et al, 2015, p. 8. Part of this might be understood as resulting from the limited availability of appropriate services in adulthood. But some of the responsibility can be attributed to the limited or, at times, simply inadequate, transition programming provided by schools. This workshop will provide a brief overview of some of the challenges to the provision of effective transition programming, discuss the importance of focusing instruction and intervention outside of the classroom using evidence-based practices, and provide recommendations moving forward.


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Act 48
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All Participants
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