Transition to Adulthood

All children and teens with Asperger profiles will become adults with Asperger profiles. For many parents, this transition to adulthood is filled with anxiety and uncertainty about the future. AANE can provide parents with the information and resources to help make this transition easier. We can help parents discern which skills and experiences their child may need to help prepare for life after secondary education. And, because we serve the whole lifespan at AANE, our support and resources continue to be available to young adults with Asperger/Autism and their families.

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Good Connections: The AS Student’s Guide to the College Social Scene

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Dorms, parties, cute girls, hot guys, roommates, new friends—let’s face it, college life is, in large part, about the social scene.Finally, you’ll be able to come and go as you please. Your parents won’t be there reminding you to study, brush your teeth, eat your vegetables, etc. And you won’t have a curfew. Moreover, college is... more

Developing Self-Advocacy Skills: An Integral Aspect of Transition Planning

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Adolescence is an important time of growth in any young person’s life. It’s a vulnerable time, during which self-esteem can be exceedingly fragile. For teens with AS, HFA or PDD, the quality of support and education they receive during this formative period can make or break future success as an adult, be it on the job, in relationships, or in... more

Transition in Action Series: Getting Transition Assessments & Using them for Goals and Services

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Learn about what types of transition assessments can help you build an effective transition... more

Perspectives on College Life: A Panel Discussion

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College students and recent college graduates with Asperger profiles share their experience with college life. They offer what helped them manage the transition to college and thrive in a new... more

Holding on and Letting Go

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Practical strategies for helping you and your family with the transition to... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 4 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles.Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 (This... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 1 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles.Part 1 (This Video) Part 2 Part 3 Part... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 2 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles.Part 1 Part 2 (This Video) Part 3 Part... more

Perspectives on Adult Life: An Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 3 of 4)

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Adults share their experiences of growing up and living with Asperger profiles.Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 (This Video) Part... more

Transitioning from High School to College or Employment

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Robin Lurie-Meyerkopf shares practical strategies for transitioning to... more

Transition in Action Series: Inspiring Vision Statements, Measurable Goals and Dynamic Action Plans

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Experienced, powerhouse educational advocates Marilyn Weber and Jennie DunKley show you how to create individualized transition plans that will really help get your high school student ready for an independent adult life of education, work, self-care, and healthful... more

Using the Transition Planning Form to Make Your Teen’s High School Education Count

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Learn how the Transition Planning Form or TPF can be a powerful tool to guide the student and the educational team through the process of creating a dynamic, individualized action... more

The Hidden Curriculum of Keeping A Job

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Learn about the hidden rules of the workplace and how you can manage when you are on the autism... more

Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and Related Profiles

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This video discusses the strengths and weaknesses of people who have Asperger Syndrome or related profiles as it relates to the work environment. It focuses on the challenges that those individuals face and the supports that can help them... more

The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

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This book, written by experienced college disability directors, is the authoritative guide to the subject. Dr. Lorraine Wolf and Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown lead AANE’s “Preparing for College” workshops, and Dr. Thierfeld Brown offers college consultations to individual teens and their... more

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition

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Author, Educator, Musician, Internationally acclaimed speaker and autistic adult offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for... more

Autism-Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond

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Many people on the spectrum never get "the talk" from their parents, and suffer from "information deficit." This book goes a long way toward filling in the gaps in their knowledge. It takes a candid look at aspects of sex and relationships as they apply to people on the autism spectrum:Learn... more

The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

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A few years ago, I was speaking with a friend who is on the spectrum when he noted that life would be much easier if someone would just show me the rules. With the publication of The Hidden Curriculum, Myles, Trautman, and Schelvan have done just that. Utilizing concrete examples of hidden... more

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

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The future of our society depends on our understanding autism. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has... more

Get Our of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the…

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In order to raise a teen with an Asperger profile, it helps to know what to expect from supposedly neurotypical teens. Dr. Anthony Wolf delivers the mixed news with clarity and humor, and offers hope that parents and teens can make it through these tumultuous years.Learn More and... more

Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of…

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Navigating the "neurotypical" world with an Asperger/Autism profile can be extremely stressful. But by understanding the specific ways your brain works differently--and how to tap into your personal strengths--you can greatly enhance your well-being. In this wise and practical book, experienced... more

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

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Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had... more

Legal Planning For Special Families in Massachusetts: A Family Guide to SSI, Guardianship and Estate…

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Attorney and parent Barbara Jackins' new book is a must have resource for parents of children with special needs and the professionals and advocates who assist them. In an easy-to-read, conversational style, Jackins, the lead author of Special Needs Trust Administration Manual: A Guide for... more

Preparing For Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and…

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Far too often, students with Asperger profiles graduate from high school graduates unprepared for the transition to an independent adult life. Early, ongoing training in the social skills crucial to establishing successful adult relationships—in college, vocational school, residential living, or... more

Marcelo in the Real World (fiction)

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Marcelo Sandoval is a high-functioning, extremely self-aware teenager with Asperger's syndrome. He has an empathetic mother and a father, Arturo, who appears to be less empathetic as he pushes Marcelo to live in the "real world." The form the real world takes is a summer job in the mailroom at... more

Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People With…

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Sarah Attwood has written a clear, practical guide to help teach teens with Asperger profiles about an essential subject that many parents and educators find it difficult to address.Learn More and... more

Asperger’s Syndrome: An Owner’s Manual–What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know: An…

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Experienced educator Ellen Korin created this workbook at the request of one of her middle school students, who wanted a tool for remembering the content of their important discussions. The result is a very flexible and effective tool that educators or therapists can use with teens with Asperger... more

Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical’s Secrets

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The workplace can be a difficult environment for people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and this often impedes their ability to make use of particular skills and sustain meaningful and fulfilling employment.This is the definitive guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with... more

The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger Syndrome: Find the Right…

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Finding a job is a confusing and anxiety-provoking process for many individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. This practical “how-to” guide describes exactly what it takes to get hired in the neurotypical workplace. Every aspect of finding employment is covered, from defining strengths and... more

Developing Talents and Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

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The authors take an in-depth look at entrepreneurship. Using real-life examples, they point out that many of the unique characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum that lend themselves well to entrepreneurial ventures. The book explores many unnoticed aspects of Vocational Rehabilitation... more

How to Find Work that Works for People with Asperger Syndrome

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The Ultimate Guide for Getting People with Asperger Syndrome into the Workplace (and keeping them there!) Hawkins guides readers through the process of gaining employment, from building a supportive team, addressing workplace challenges, to securing an appropriate post. The book includes practical... more

Asperger’s on the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism and…

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Up to 85% of the Asperger's population are without full-time employment, though many have above-average intelligence.Rudy Simone, an adult with Asperger's Syndrome and an accomplished author, consultant, and musician, created this insightful resource to help employers, educators, and therapists... more

Asperger Profiles: Employment

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Graduating from high school and transitioning to the world of work is an extremely important and exciting milestone. However, for many young adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS), employment can present some unique challenges. Despite the vastly increasing numbers of individuals being diagnosed with AS, adult services for this population are... more

Disclosure in College

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Scott was one of two student panelists at AANE's spring 2012 "Perspectives on College Life" program.My name is Scott Finkelstein and I just graduated from Brandeis University. I actually finished a semester early and am currently looking for a job (in case any of you are hiring…), but I will walk with the class of 2012 in the spring.One... more

Don’t Forget to Invite the Student! Including Students with Asperger Profiles in Meetings

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According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, “to write an effective IEP for a child with a disability, parents, teachers, other school staff—and often the child— must come together at a meeting to look closely at the child’s unique needs.” As noted in Bonnie Glickman’s article, students are legally... more

Basic Guidelines for Choosing an Advocate for Your Child

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Working with your school district to ensure your child is receiving an appropriate education can be challenging. Often parents feel they are not equal members of their children’s educational team, and that decisions are not always made with their child’s unique needs in mind. Add the complexities of special education laws, with timelines and... more

On the Transition to Adulthood

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As I look back on my teenage years and early twenties, some themes emerge in my transition to adulthood. I gradually took on more and more responsibility for my own welfare. Because it was gradual, I never felt overwhelmed. I was also able to get advice from others to help me at various points. This advice helped me immensely. Unfortunately, there... more

Reflections About College

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Beginning college is a big step for most kids, and can be even tougher for young people with Asperger’s. If you choose to live on-campus, it means leaving your family and your home and moving into a dorm room with one or more total strangers. College students don’t have to take nearly as many classes as high school students, but the workload... more

Throw Away The Yardstick or The Blessing of the Diagnosis

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Many of us started this journey through the now famous metaphor of visiting Holland. If you haven’t read Emily Perl Kingsley’s brilliant essay on having a child with special needs, read it here. In it, she compares getting ready to have a baby to planning a trip to Italy—only expectant parents could think of parenting as a trip to one of... more

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World

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Teresa Bolick is an experienced and trusted child psychologist who has shared her wisdom with the AANE community at many of our conferences. In this book she presents strategies for helping the ten to eighteen­-year-­old achieve happiness and success by maximizing the benefits of Asperger... more

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum

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Edited by Stephen Shore, Ask and Tell aims to help autistic people effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people on the... more

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

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Girls with Asperger/Autism profiles are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognized, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness. This is a... more

Parenting without Panic: A Pocket Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens on the…

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Ever wish that parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum came with instant access to a support group? Brenda Dater has provided parents with exactly that. In this book she draws on her extensive experience as a support group leader and parent of a child on the spectrum to offer trusted... more

Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to…

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At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains... more

Transitioning From High School to Adulthood

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Making the transition from high school to adulthood can be both enormously exciting and stressful for any students. The stress may be magnified for students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) as their maturation level, ability to tolerate or accept help, and their social skill/perspective-taking, executive functioning and meta-cognitive abilities (i.e.,... more

Vision Statement Worksheets for Transition Planning

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Vision Statement Worksheet for a High School StudentThe vision statement on the Transition Planning Form should be written entirely from the student’s viewpoint.After I graduate from/age out of high school, I want to:     Study: In what kind of program/setting/geographical region?      Work: What kind? ... more

The Dating Scene — Are You Interested?

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Let’s look at dating as a pastime for teens, young adults, and adults. Webster says a pastime is “something that amuses and serves to pass time agreeably.” That is dating at its best. Most of us know that it also produces times of high anxiety, anger, sadness, and confusion. Dating, after all, is one kind of relationship, and all... more

Should You Disclose Asperger Syndrome to Your Employer?

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Coaching clients frequently ask me whether they should disclose their disability to an employer. My answer is, “It depends.” The best approach is to develop a personalized plan based on the many factors that affect employment outcomes. These factors include an individual’s job skills, primary challenges, employment history and... more

An Approach to Transition Assessment and Planning

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Defining Transition Generally speaking, transition is defined as the movement from one set of activities to another, but for the families of adolescents and young adults with special needs it has a more specific meaning. In this context, “transition” refers to the complex process of moving from or one life stage to another: from adolescence... more

How Parent Coaching Helped Me

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Katie shares how parent coaching has helped her family. Sign up for Parent Coaching... more

How Parent Coaching Helped Me

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Ross Kramer shares how Parent Coaching helped his family get on the right track.Sign up for Parent... more