Federal Report Finds Need for ASD Transition Services Very few federal resources specifically target youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood, according to a report from the office of the National Autism Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The need for research about and coordinated services for ... News in Brief
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Federal Report Finds Need for ASD Transition Services
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News in Brief   |   November 01, 2017
Federal Report Finds Need for ASD Transition Services
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.22112017.11
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.22112017.11
Very few federal resources specifically target youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood, according to a report from the office of the National Autism Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The need for research about and coordinated services for this group is critical, according to “Young Adults and Transitioning Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
The 96-page report notes that adolescents with ASD must transition from a largely educational-system– based set of supports to a set of health and social service systems designed for adults. But many of these adult systems provide general disability program services, have challenging eligibility requirements, and may not be coordinated enough or widely accessible to adolescents with ASD.
The report gives background on ASD and the transition to adulthood, details the federal agency activities targeted to this group, provides stakeholder perspectives, and offers conclusions and recommendations.
Recommendations include:
  • Data collection and monitoring to identify needs, barriers, existing services and long-term outcomes, and implement change.

  • Research on the specific transition needs of people with ASD (less than 2 percent of combined private and federal autism funding is devoted to this issue), outcome factors, model programs, meaningful outcome measures, matching programs with needs, access to services, and family and caregiver roles.

  • Improved supports and services, including better coordination across federal agencies and state and community systems, more flexibility, trained services coordinators and case managers, better preparation of adult service and support providers, and increased coordination between school-based, childhood-oriented services and systems that provide adult services and supports.

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