Julie Lounds Taylor
Assistant professor, Vanderbilt University
Here’s how Lounds Taylor describes what she will talk about in this webinar:
The transition to adulthood is a difficult time for many young people on the autism spectrum. It is also a turning point in life that can set the stage for upward or downward trajectories in adulthood. Despite the importance of this time, few interventions have been developed and tested that smooth the transition to adulthood for young people with autism.
In this webinar, I will present data that show how young people with autism experience the transition to adulthood, and how the years before and after the end of high school set the stage for vocational, daily-living and social outcomes in adulthood. I will discuss current interventions geared toward the transition years, focusing on findings from our parent advocacy training program. This program is designed to give parents the tools to help their adult children access services. The findings could point to ways of improving access to services for young adults with autism.