Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard;


While relatively little is known about the experience of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), disparity among approaches to transition planning indicates inadequate best practice. By evaluating the current state of empirical research literature, this review identifies the most common challenges experienced by adolescents and young adults with ASD. A thorough examination of several longitudinal studies, clinical trials, interview-based assessments, systematic reviews, and qualitative research, and preliminary findings indicate the urgency for increased and improved research regarding evidence-based interventions for the adult ASD population. Existing interventions confirm the necessity to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. Recommendations for future research and implications for educational application are discussed.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis