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Transition Guide Looks To Ease Path To Adulthood For Kids With Autism

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A new tool kit released Thursday is designed to make the transition to adulthood easier for those with autism by giving families an overview of the options and resources available when it comes to housing, employment and other issues.

The kit from Autism Speaks was developed by parents and professionals and is geared toward families of those ages 13 to 22.

At more than 100 pages, it covers topics ranging from developing self-advocacy skills to sexuality in addition to practical concerns like housing, education and employment options after high school.

“There is a tremendous need due to the aging autism population,” says Peter Bell, executive vice president at Autism Speaks. “There are so many adolescents transitioning to adulthood and families need guidance.”

The advocacy group estimates that more than half a million kids with autism will become adults in the next decade.

The transition tool kit is available as a free download. Families can also request a customized paper copy complete with resources in their area, which will be assembled by individuals with autism who are working with Autism Speaks.

Bell says the organization hopes to hire one of the individuals full-time in the coming months to handle requests for the kit in addition to other duties.

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  1. Autisticandawesome says:

    They’re hoping to employ ONE Autistic person in the coming months? Give me a break. An organization claiming to speak and advocate “for” Autistic people should have more than one Autistic employee. At least half of their executive board should be Autistic. Talk about lack of representation.

  2. mattsmom32 says:

    So, are the autistic individuals that are assembling the kit now working for free? As the other poster said, an organization as large as Autism Speaks should be able to hire many individuals with autism. People with autism are NOT stupid. With proper mentoring, they can hold jobs. Autism Speaks should be in the forefront of hiring them.

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