Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome

The transition for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome from federally-mandated services through the school system to adult services can be a challenge. While entitlement to public education ends at age 18, the IDEA requires that transition planning begins at age 14 and becomes a formal part of the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

This transition planning should include the student with AS, parents and members of the IEP team who work together to help the individual make decisions about his/her next steps. An Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) is developed that outlines transition services that may include education or vocational training, employment, living arrangements and community participation, to name a few. The first step in transition planning should be to take a look at the individual’s interests, abilities, and needs.

For example, what type of educational needs must be met? College, vocational training, adult education? Where can the young adult find employment and training services? What types of living arrangements are best?

Source: Autism Society of America