Estimated number of children in the U.S.meeting diagnostic criteria for ASD
based on recent CDC estimated prevalence
Teens with ASD will age into adulthood in the next decade.
STEPS is a NIH-funded research study. Utilizing a participatory process approach to program development, STEPS seeks to meet the self-identified needs of all central stakeholders including the student with ASD facing transition, the student’s parents or guardians, and the student’s secondary and post-secondary school. STEPS is more than just teaching about the transition process. It targets improved self-regulation (SR) and self-determination (SD) in young people with ASD, as these constructs are associated with quality of life and positive adult outcomes with respective to college adjustment and functional behavior.
The goal of this NIH-funded research study is to develop a comprehensive program to promote successful transition of students with ASD from high school to post-secondary education.
STEPS gauges how successful transition is in many ways, including your comfort with the process and how ‘ready’ you feel to start college, as well as your parents’ preparedness. Ultimately, a successful transition is one in which the student starts college feeling ready, empowered, and excited to start this phase of life. And STEPS make this happen for you!
We have by no means included all of the research and transition programs here, but we have tried to provide overviews of many of these. Families and educators who are enrolled in our STEPS program can log In to access program-specific materials and resources.Please feel free to use this website and check back frequently. It is a work in progress, and we add content frequently.
The goal of this website is to provide resources and suggestions for students, families, and educators on promoting successful transition to post-secondary education for young people with autism spectrum disorder. There are many scientists in the United States and elsewhere dedicated to working on improving outcomes for students with ASD.
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