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Transition Planning for Youth on the Autism Spectrum

Federally required transition plans are not always in place by the end of high school

Paul Shattuck

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


Transition to Adulthood

Fact Sheet

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

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Key Findings

  • How many youth with autism who receive special education have a transition plan at the required age?
  • How do household income, race and ethnicity, and conversational ability affect timely transition planning?


Federal law requires that students who receive special education services will have a transition plan that supports achieving postsecondary education, employment and independent living upon leaving high school, but this does not always happen. 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.