Date Approved

7-15-2019

Embargo Period

8-9-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shuff, Margaret

Second Advisor

Kuder, Sydney J.

Third Advisor

Accardo, Amy

Subject(s)

Youth with autism spectrum disorders; Young adults with disabilities

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

Research has shown that the successful transition plans can provide students who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with increased employment opportunities, independent living options, and most importantly a positive quality of life. Individuals diagnosed with ASD have a variety of symptoms and characteristics that range from moderate to severe. Teachers and parents must work together to provide the child or adult with an education that encompasses their strengths and areas improvement, to allow for independence and future success. The purpose of this study was to examine the importance of the components in the transition process as well as strategies that promote each component for a successful transition for students who are diagnosed with ASD.

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