Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Karin Farrington;


Students with autism are leaving high school not prepared sufficiently to enter post-secondary education or employment. What are the best educational practices to change this? To answer this question, this thesis writer reviewed several articles in peer reviewed journals and examined programs like COMPASS, Project SEARCH, and ASSETS. This thesis will focus on when to begin preparing students with autism in high school for the real world that they will experience after graduation. Some thesis questions include: who should be involved in the planning and what curriculum would benefit in preparing students with autism for success in post-secondary education and future employment? The goal of this thesis paper is to better understand where we have come from on this journey of supporting students with autism, and where we still need to go.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis