New Source of Funding for Post-Secondary Education

Higher Education and Opportunities Act Allows New Opportunities for Individuals with ASD   For the neurotypical population preparing for post-secondary education, a significant rite of passage is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicating the colleges...

Alleviating the Stress of the Post-Secondary Transition

Families with a child on the autism spectrum face adversity and stress on a daily basis. Transitions in particular can be extremely stressful for families who have a child with an ASD. The transition from high school is stressful for families with neurotypical children and is even more so for the...

Post-Secondary Educational Models Prepare Individuals with an ASD to Enter the Workforce

In the last 50 years, there have been large changes in the labor market. Many of these changes are related to advances in technology- computers, the internet and a specialization of skills. These have fundamentally changed the educational requirements of many entry level positions. In the recent...

Incorporating Exercise in a Healthy Lifestyle for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Addressing the needs of adults on the autism spectrum would be remiss if it failed to include the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. The United States is faced with an obesity epidemic that affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and types of disabilities. Currently 2/3 of the population of the...

Travel Training for Higher Functioning Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

For most teenagers learning to drive is a rite of passage. For teens on the autism spectrum learning to drive can be overwhelming and anxiety provoking. In order to be able to drive safely a driver needs to be able to anticipate the intentions of others. This necessary skill directly confronts...

Research in Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome Identifies Challenges and Coping Strategies

The numbers of children affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the United States is almost twice that of the number of children who exhibit classic autism. Despite these numbers, there is little empirically guided information about how best to serve families of a child with AS. Most federally funded...

Promoting Community Engagement and Social Connections Through Employment and Volunteering

Most parents, at some point, grapple with worry over how their child will fair. Will they be happy? Will they find meaningful connections? Will they find their passion? This is particularly true for parents of children with autism. Added to typical concerns, like “is my adult child eating their...

Transition Planning for the Long Haul – Life Beyond College

Parents of students on the autism spectrum and their neurotypical peers begin to think about college as they progress through high school. According to the Department of Labor, students with disabilities who earn a bachelor’s degree are employed at about the same rate as their non-disabled peers...