Post-Secondary – Ages 18-26
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
A health care guide for youth and families. Provides information on health insurance coverage, Medicaid, supported decision making and strategies for organizing medical information. This toolkit also includes worksheets on Making an Appointment, What to Bring, Symptoms, and After the Visit.
Home-and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule 3-Part Toolkit
This toolkit provides information on home-and community-based settings and how to advocate for them.
Devereaux Autism Transition Handbook
This handbook provides information for adults and families. Includes information regarding timeline, transition planning, Social Security and Medicaid, financial planning, and health care.
Autism Speaks Employment Toolkit
This toolkit is designed for individuals with autism seeking employment. Families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders, and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment may also find this resource helpful.
U.S. Department of Education, Transition to Post-Secondary Education: Guide for High School Educators
The purpose of this FAQ guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the post-secondary education environment.
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Transition to Adult Living in PA
This link includes a checklist, resources and steps to assist youth and families in making a transition to adult living that includes health and health care. Checklists include self advocacy, money management, medical management, community living, and information on waivers and public programs.
AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit
This toolkit has information and worksheets for adults with autism, supporters and healthcare providers. Information focuses on healthcare with a regular doctor and includes a tool where individuals can answer questions related to their healthcare and it will generate a report that can be shared with the doctor.
Autism Society of America, Living with Autism: Preparing to Experience College Living
This brief guide provides general information on students with autism transitioning into the college living environment.
Autism Speaks Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Guide
This guide is designed to help individuals with autism and their families explore different learning environments and opportunities after high school. Provides information on types of post-secondary programs, how to obtain services and accommodations, and advice from professionals and people who have been through it.
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Post-Secondary Guide for Transitioning Students
This brief guide provides information on the different types of post-secondary settings, how to prepare for post-secondary life, questions to consider, and a checklist for what to bring when visiting different colleges and programs.
Autism Speaks: Is It Autism and If So, What Next? A Guide for Adults
A guide for adults who have recently been diagnosed. Provides information on what autism is, its symptoms, getting a diagnosis, the experience from someone diagnosed as a young adult, rights, and relevant resources.
Rochester Institute of Technology, A Guide for Higher Education Professionals
A guide for professionals at post-secondary programs and institutions. This guide incorporates the ideas and successful practices of higher education professionals at post-secondary institutions who have worked with their universities to establish effective supports for students with autism.
Leaving the Pediatrician Charting the Medical Transition of Youth with Autism
This resource provides information on the medical transition from pediatric to adult medical care, including four parts to what a good medical transition looks like.
Allegheny County Family Resource Guide, Transition to Adulthood
These resources are specific to Allegheny County. This link provides information on the transition beyond high school, including available services for college-bound students, vocational support and job training, adult day programs, public programs, housing and transportation. For each category, relevant agencies are listed for you to further explore.
PaTTAN Transition Guide
This guide is for youth, young adults, parents and professionals. Provides information on topics including health, finances, employment, post-secondary education and training, self-determination, recreation and leisure, school, community living, agencies, and supports.
PYLN Secondary Transition Toolkit
Secondary transition toolkit written and designed by youth with disabilities for youth with disabilities, as well as family members and professionals. This interactive guide includes personal stories, Q & A, and worksheets. Categories of information include empowerment, accommodations, and checklists for middle school to 12th grade.
Autism Speaks Health Toolkit
This toolkit provides information about health and medical care transitions. Topics include physical health, women’s health needs, mental health, personal hygiene, sexuality, relationship skills and more. Additional resources are included, such as a worksheet to organize medical appointments and medications.
The Lead Center Ability Path, The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs
This roadmap details each stage and things to consider in high school and beyond. Topics include IEP Meeting Planning, self advocacy, considering employment or college, and securing benefits.
Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit
This toolkit was created to assist families of individuals with autism from adolescence (self advocacy and IEP planning) to adulthood (community living and employment options). Also has information on legal matters, housing, technology, and other post-secondary opportunities.
Organization for Autism Research: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood
This toolkit provides parents and professionals with information on the law, transition planning, vocation, education, life skills and looking ahead. This toolkit also includes an appendices that provides a comparison chart of ADA, IDEA and Section 504, contact log sheet, worksheet on income and expenses, monthly budget, job ideas, letter of intent template and calculating future cost of care.
Autism Speaks Community-based Skills Assessment: Developing a Personalized Transition Plan
This tool is designed to help parents and professionals assess the current skill levels and abilities of individuals with autism beginning at age 12 and continuing into adulthood, in order to develop a comprehensive transition plan. Functional life skills were selected based on instruments that were reviewed and thought to contribute to successful functioning into adulthood.
Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program
This toolkit is designed to provide assistance to school districts for when a migrant student enters school. Provides information on the Migrant Education Program, its goals and services.
Autism Society of America Transition Across Grade Levels
This brief 2-page document includes general transition information for parents and educators across all grade levels.