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CASD 7317X/CBSE 7685T Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Adolescence and Young Adult

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Professor Susan Longtin

About Adolescence and Young Adulthood

The adolescent years last from around 13 - 21 years.  This is a transitional period  poses significant challenges for those on the spectrum.  At 21 years, and earlier if attending college, adolescents with ASD will no longer have their Individualized Education Plans (IEP) which mandated support services.   The young adult years refer to the period from the early 20's until around 30 years. During this developmental period issues of identity, relationships, and careers are of major concern. 

Autism Organizations for Young Adults

Supporting College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ken Browne Productions on Vimeo. Ken Browne Productions short film for Pace on their OASIS program.

Autism and the Law

Magazines on Autism

Autism and Relationships

This You Tube segment is the trailer for “Autism in Love,” a movie released in 205 which follows the story of four adults with an autism spectrum disorder as they search for and manage romantic relationships. (2:24)

Lindsey Nebeker and Dave Hamrick discuss their wedding, including the unique care they took preparing the ceremony so that each would be as comfortable and happy as possible. (2:35)

Lindsey Nebeker and Dave Hamrick’s interpersonal relationship is discussed on a feature on Good Morning America, ABC-TV.  Diane Twatchman–Culllen, an autism researcher, and Lindsay’s father, offer their commentary. The couple talk about they have addressed their individual challenges  in the relationship. (4:41)

Keep the Change

A Positive Purpose

This six minute film called “A Positive Purpose” features an adolescent  (19 years) on the spectrum who discusses neurodiversity, ASD identity, PDD, his dream job, independence, and having a “positive purpose.”