Drexel Autism Institute to Develop Post-High School Transition Programs The J.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University is developing pilot programs to prevent young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from falling through the cracks after high school. The Transition Pathways program is funded by an anonymous $3.5 million donation. About 35 percent of young adults with ASD ever ... News in Brief
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Drexel Autism Institute to Develop Post-High School Transition Programs
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Drexel Autism Institute to Develop Post-High School Transition Programs
The ASHA Leader, May 2016, Vol. 21, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21052016.8
The ASHA Leader, May 2016, Vol. 21, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21052016.8
The J.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University is developing pilot programs to prevent young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from falling through the cracks after high school.
The Transition Pathways program is funded by an anonymous $3.5 million donation.
About 35 percent of young adults with ASD ever attend college or vocational-technical schools and about 58 percent ever have a paying job, according to the National Autism Indicators Report released by the institute’s Life Course Outcomes research program.
The demonstration programs will target high school seniors and recent graduates on the cusp of living or working independently. Many of these young adults receive no support after they age out of high school support programs.
Transition Pathways draws on evidence-based practices and state and national models for integrating services, training, research and policy. A work component will provide internship opportunities leading to competitive employment. A college track will add opportunities to audit Drexel courses. Both include core components of training in social and self-help skills and are designed to be time-limited, providing intense support over a period of two years to maximize the young adults’ independence.
2 Comments
May 30, 2016
Nancy Minunni
More info please
When and where is this happening? I have a parent who is very interested. We are located in NJ
May 31, 2016
Carol Polovoy
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I believe the program will begin in 2017. For more information, check out the news release at http://drexel.edu/autisminstitute/news-events/news/2016/February/Pathways_Program/.
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