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The Services Cliff Among Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

The level of services available before and after high school can be dramatically different

Paul Shattuck

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


Access to Services

Fact Sheet

Data Source
National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS-2), $name

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Key Findings

  • How does the level of services received by young adults on the spectrum before and after high school compare?
  • How many young adults received services to support employment? 


Young adults who do not transition into either work or postsecondary education in the years after high school likely have a strong need for services, and typically face a dearth of services known as a "services cliff." Read 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.