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The University of Toledo Center for Excellence in Autism Grand Opening Ceremonies!June 9-10, 2011

Successful Transition to AdulthoodFrom Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

1Meant to be a bridge to guide students successfully from the safety and guidance of the school system to the uncertainty and independence of adulthood.Often seen as a systemic requirement that must be satisfied whether or not appropriate resources are available.Not well defined or researched sufficiently in order to produce outcomes that are valid or relevant to all stakeholders in the process.Not begun anywhere near early enough in the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).The Process of Transition is..22According to theAutism Society of America

Today there are 1.5 million people with Autism

3In the next decade there will be approximately 4million!From Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

3Lifetime Costs to Society

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4The Impact of HealthcareIssues on FamiliesLess access to many important aspects of healthcare but more reported problems.Disparities in access by race, education and geographical location.More than half of parents of children with ASD reduce or stop working to care for their children.Families without a medical home scored higher on every risk indicator in this study.5From Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

5A number of studies have documented a wide range of findings for those living at home or living independently . As much as 80% of students with ASD were found to be living at home and the majority of those living independently still require financial support.

Living Arrangements6From Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

6IQ only slightly improves chances of successful employment.Adults with ASDexperience unemployment or underemployment,switch jobs more frequentlymake less than counterparts and;much less likely to be employed than typically developing.Some attend college instead of work but very few receive degrees.Work7From Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

7Leisure pursuits are rarely community-based for adolescents with ASD.Almost half of students with ASD report having no friends.Adolescents with ASD report WANTING friendships and intimate relationships but may not have the skills to cultivate or maintain them.Community8From Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

8The advent of the adult advocacy community

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9Integrated Self-Advocacy CurriculumThe University of Toledo Center for Excellence in Autism employs 1 of 3 certified ISA Trainers in the country!

For more information contact Valerie Paradiz at val@autismselfadvocacy.comFrom Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

Integrated Self-Advocacy CurriculumPro-active rather than Re-activeTeaches Autonomy rather than DependenceImplemented in a group and/or one-to-oneMeaningful and Relevant interventionsPerson CenteredEvidence-based

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Self Advocacy12Accurate assessmentof the circumstancesFunctionalSelf-Regulation/Monitoring Skills +=The ability to select and implement a reasonable solution that will meet our needs and allow us to successfully Self-AdvocateFrom Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

Three steps to Self-AdvocacyScan for possible challenges in his/her social and sensory environments.Develop a plan to explain accommodations or needs to resolve the challenge.Implement individualized self-advocacy plan.

(Paradiz, 2009)From Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

Additional CompetenciesEntitlements and Civil RightsUnderstanding of IEPSelf-disclosurePartialFullSelf-awareness of strengths Self-awareness of discomforts and tendencies

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Self-Advocacy PortfolioMy Advocacy Scripts

My Advocacy Action Plans

My Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Notes for My Transition Plan or My Individual Service Plan (ISP)

My Favorite Advocacy Resources, Support People, and Mentors

My Articles, Commentaries, and Reflections on Topics in Self-AdvocacyIndividualized tools and strategies for becoming more independent and effective in day-to-day interactions with environments and peopleFrom Relevant Interventions to Meaningful Outcomes

For More Information:

The University of ToledoCenter for Excellence in Autism3000 Arlington Avenue, MS 1161Toledo Ohio 43614419-383-3030autisminfo@utoledo.edu

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Amount in Dollars

Sheet1Amount in DollarsDirect Medical305,956Direct Nonmedical978,761Indirect1,875,667