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Paul Wehman, Marcia Datlow Smith and Carol Schall

Autism and the Transition to AdulthoodSuccess Beyond the Classroom

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Catalog No. 26060

one of the most well-known authors in the area of transition comes a book focused on youth with autism.

Autism diagnoses in young children increased dramatically in the 1990s--and now those children are young adults on the verge of a challenging transition to the real world. Every school and program will be ready to help with this groundbreaking practical guide, straight from the author of the acclaimed bestseller Life Beyond the Classroom and two highly-regarded community-based autism experts.

Professionals who work with young adults will get hard-to-find information on how specific social, behavioral, and cognitive characteristics of people with autism affect the transition to adulthood, exploring potential challenges and traits that can be powerful assets. Then they'll get a complete guide that walks them through every aspect of transition planning, including planning for employment and postsecondary education:

... conducting skillful assessment to determine a young person's individual career goals, job-related strengths, and independent living skills

... using well-designed instructional supports, routines, and spaces in inclusive classrooms

... implementing positive behavior support to help young adults with autism succeed in school and at work

... providing community-based instruction at naturally occurring times, so it's easier for students to learn and generalize new skills

... showing students and their families how to make the most of SSA disability benefits

... assisting students with college preparation, from choosing a college to managing academic and social demands

... using supported and/or customized employment strategies to help young people establish satisfying careers that play to their strengths

... helping young people develop critical life skills they'll use across settings

... unlocking the benefits of community services and programs, such as vocational rehabilitation programs and Centers for Independent Living

Compelling stories throughout the book illustrate how successful transition planning improved the lives of three diverse teenagers, and the practical forms, checklists, and suggested resources and links help readers put the proven strategies into action. A must for every member of the transition team--including general and special educators, transition specialists, employment specialists, and counselors--this is the ultimate resource for supporting the goals, dreams, and future success of young adults with autism.

Help young people with autism develop critical life skills in key areas:

... social skills

... health and safety

... work habits

... money management

... mobility

... recreation and leisure

... personal appearance

... and more!

"A breath of fresh air...could conceivably become the 'bible' of information for transitioning students with autism. It will be on my bookshelf for many years to come."--Judith Howlett, MALS, MS Ed, Transition Specialist, Richmond Public Schools, Virginia

"Finally! There is such a demand in the field for a text like this. This book is a very thorough overview and addresses a significant need for information on making the transition to all aspects of adult life a success for young people with autism."--Debra Hart, Director, Education and Transition, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dr. Wehman is Professor of Physical Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Rehabilitation Counseling and also Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves as Chairman of the Division of Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Wehman has his PhD in Behavioral Disabilities from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

One of the original founders of supported employment, he has worked closely with business and industry since 1980 and has published over 200 articles and authored or edited more than 40 books primarily in transition, severe disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury and employment for persons with disabilities.

Marcia Datlow Smith, PhD, is Assistant Executive Director for Programs and Psychologist at CSAAC, an agency that has supported children and adults with autism since 1979. She has designed a broad range of positive behavior supports that have allowed adolescents and adults with autism and challenging behavior to achieve community living and supported employment.

Carol Schall, PhD, is assistant professor of special education and disability policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been learning from and supporting individuals with autism for more than 25 years. Dr. Schall is involved in supporting individuals across Virginia through her work as the director of the Virginia Autism Resource Center.

304 pages. 2009

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