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Social and Community Participation Among Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Disconnection from work and school can detract from opportunities for socialization, friendships and community participation

Paul Shattuck

Anne Roux, Jessica Rast, Kristy Anderson, Julianna Rava, Paul Shattuck


Community and Social Participation

Fact Sheet

Data Source
National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS-2)

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Key Findings

  • What are the rates of social and community participation among young adults with autism?
  • How many are socially isolated, having little contact with friends and no social activities?


When young adults on the autism spectrum are disconnected from work and continued schooling, sometimes opportunities for socialization, friendships and community participation may be absent as well. We examine social and community participation and social isolation in these highlights from the National Autism Indicators Report.

Suggested Citation

Roux, Anne M., Shattuck, Paul T., Rast, Jessica E., Rava, Julianna A., and Anderson, Kristy A. National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2015.