Date of Award
Master of Arts in Special Education
Special Education with Autism Spectrum Disorder Licensure
Dr. Diane Harr
Dr. Kelly Sadlovsky
autism spectrum disorders, transition interventions, employment, post-secondary education and training, independent living skills
This paper examined best practices for interventions supporting transition education for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent research suggested that post-secondary outcomes, such as employment rates or post-secondary education and training program participation rates, for students with disabilities are significantly below those of the general population. For students with disabilities, transition services are integrated into each student’s individualized education program (IEP). However, although transition services address employment, post-secondary education and training, and independent living skills, young adults with disabilities are not experiencing long-term success in their post-secondary endeavors. This paper strives to identify best practices for interventions supporting transition education for students and young adults with ASD to achieve more desirable post-school outcomes.