There has been an explosion of new information on the issues and challenges facing children with autism and their families in the past ten years. However, most coverage ignores the fact that these children grow up. A special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR) focuses on the potential of autistic young adults.
Editor-in-Chief Paul Wehman: "Young adults with autism are young adults first and individuals with autism second. They will have as much sensitivity as others to people being critical or being complimentary; they will enjoy the benefits of earning money and job promotion like anyone else; they will value friendships and romantic relationships like anybody else; they want to be independent and free to move around like all Americans."
The articles in this issue provide a number of case studies, programs and ideas for use by practitioners with emphasis on what is known that works. In conclusion, this issue is an important step in the direction of bringing together some of the current knowledge that is accruing on transition for youth with disabilities.
About the Special Issue
'Autism Spectrum Disorders: Transition and Employment' is volume 32, issue 2 of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (ISSN 1052-2263), guest-edited by Carol Schall and Jennifer McDonough.
Table of Contents
Autism spectrum disorders in adolescence and early adulthood: Characteristics and issues
C.M. Schall and J. Todd McDonough
Accessing employment supports in the adult system for transitioning youth with autism spectrum disorders
J.T. McDonough and G. Revell
Personal digital assistants as cognitive aids for high school students with autism: Results of a community-based trial
T. Gentry, J. Wallace, C. Kvarfordt and K.B. Lynch
Positive behavior support: Supporting adults with autism spectrum disorders in the workplace
Employing persons with autism spectrum disorders: A collaborative effort
S.L. Chappel and B.C. Somers
Employment and adults with autism spectrum disorders: Challenges and strategies for success