A growing body of research indicates that a majority of young adults with autism have tremendous difficulty succeeding in most every aspect of adult life after they graduate or age-out of school. This outcome is despite over 25-years having passed since the school-to-work transition was first codified into law in IDEA in 1990. While there are many reasons why this might be the case, continued poor outcomes should no longer be considered acceptable. This workshop will present an overview of the myriad challenges to effective transition programming and provide a number of potential, evidence-based solutions to these challenges for individuals across the autism spectrum. Specific attention will be paid to effective community-based instruction, identifying and managing risk, and promoting "true" independence.
Presenter: Dr. Peter Gerhardt is Director of Education at EPIC School in New Jersey. Dr. Gerhardt has over 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults
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