Transition to adulthood

Diane Adreon, M.A.

Planning the transition to adulthood requires a great amount of planning. The following are a few suggestions to consider when developing and implementing a transition plan.

• Become familiar with the differences between IDEA and ADA.
• If the student will be transitioning to a traditional community college or university, consider fading supports that will not be available in the next environment.
• Emphasize work/study skills such as keeping track of assignments, breaking down projects into smaller components, and establishing time frames.
• While the student is in high school, have him/her become increasingly responsible for explaining his/her challenges and needed accommodations to school personnel and others.
• Arrange for work experience activities while the student is still in high school.

Diane Adreon, M.A. is the Associate Director University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities and coauthor of Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success

Courtesy of AAPC

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